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Odisha: Fire Flares Up In Bhubaneswar Apollo Hospital, Fire DG Initiates Inquiry


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02 February 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das


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Bhubaneswar: A loud siren in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on the fifth floor of Bhubaneswar’s premier hospital Apollo triggered fear and panic in the patients. Suddenly, nurses and attendants rushed into the ICU and started evacuating the patients. After safe evacuation, the patients were able to comprehend the entire matter.

A fire had broken out in the battery room of the fifth floor due to a short circuit following which a thick cloud of smoke had engulfed the floor. As soon as some attendants noticed the smoke, they informed the authorities and began the evacuation process.

Sudhir Diggikar, CEO of Apollo Hospitals in Odisha said, “This incident occurred at around 10 am. The moment we saw the smoke, we shut down the electricity and called the fire department. The fire department instantly responded and was here to control the incident. We also started shifting patients downstairs safely. There has been loss of any life.”

The incident prompted the state police to probe whether the hospital is abided by the fire safety protocol.

Commissioner of Police was in the area for an on-spot investigation. After the review, he said, “Fire was not severe but the smoke was very thick. Two glasses had to be broken to let the smoke out. Fire services personnel should investigate. Meanwhile, the Commissionerate Police will also investigate whether timely fire audit is happening or not.”

Close on the heels of the incident, Bijay Kumar Sharma, DG of Police, Fire Services tweeted, “Fire Officer, CR ordered to enquire into the fire incident at Apollo Hospital, Bhubaneswar. Cause of fire, availability/functioning of fire fighting measures, evacuation, house-keeping etc. shall be looked into. In case of lapse, action as per OFP&FS Rules, 2017 shall be taken.”

On the other hand, Fire Officer of Central Range Bhabagrahi Ghadei said, “Two fire units from Kalpana, one unit from Chandrasekharpur Fire Station were present at the spot to douse the flames. The fire was confined and did not spread. The security personnel of the hospital are well-trained and had kept the situation under control. The extinguishers had also worked properly and the flames had been almost doused by the time fire services personnel reached the spot.”

Claiming that timely fire safety audits take place in the hospital and safety measures were adequate, the CEO of the hospital concluded saying, “Police, fire personnel, patients and attendants have all been very cooperative. There was no panic or chaos. We are slowly shifting the patients back into the room. 15 critical patients have been relocated to other hospitals like AMRI, Kalinga, CARE and SPARSH. No damage to hospital and the reason of the fire will be investigated.”

Also Read: Inquiry Ought To Be Initiated Into Bhubaneswar Apollo Hospital Fire: Police Commissioner

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Satyajit Mohanty, Police Commissioner, Twin City

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Sudhir Diggikar, CEO, Apollo Hospital, Odisha

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Bhabagrahi Ghadei, Fire Officer, Central Range, Odisha

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Priyadarshi Mishra, MLA, Bhubaneswar (North)