School fire: narrow escape for 25 tots

As many as 25 playschool students in Vidyanagar locality in Adilabad town had a miraculous escape when a fire broke out on the premises on Friday. Two bravehearts passing by and a teacher of that school risked their lives to save the children, all aged below four years.

Though the cause of fire is unknown, it is assumed that a short circuit started a fire in the plastic portion of a water cooler. The fire soon engulfed the furniture in one of the classrooms.

Some of the students were playing outside while about 20 were inside the classroom, which was soon filled with smoke.

The smoke caught the attention of B. David Raj, a constable in Adilabad Armed Reserve and a well known hockey player in these parts, and T. Kiran, coach of Nalgonda hockey team which is in town for a tournament, who were passing by the school. They immediately swung into action.

They were joined in their efforts by teacher Rubina Firdoss. Slowly but surely, they brought all the students out of the classroom and eventually, out of the school building safely. Parents heaved a sigh of relief but were critical of the delay in arrival of the fire brigade, located just 200 metres from the school — almost 30 minutes after the fire broke out.

Fire Officer in-charge, Ch. N.R. Kantha Rao told The Hindu that the entire crew and one fire tender were on a programme in demonstration of fire fighting methods for students of an educational institute over a kilometre away, leading to delay. “But we rushed to the spot on getting information,” he said.

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