Saturday 22 October 2016

Major Fire in Building in Delhi's Connaught Place

New Delhi
Courtesy: @ANI_news on twitter

Two major fire broke out in busy market places of the national capital including one at the iconic Connaught Place here today although no one was injured in any of the incidents, Fire Department officials said.

The first blaze was reported in a building located in the inner circle of Connaught Place area in the heart of the national capital here this morning.

The fire had broken out around 7:30 AM on the first floor of Hamilton House building situated in A Block of Connaught Place at the NIIT (National Institute of Information Technology) computer training centre.

According to Fire Dept, they got a call about the blaze at 7:50 AM following which 15 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

"There was a fitness centre above NIIT on the second floor. People there saw smoke and informed the fire department," said Deputy Chief Fire Officer (West Delhi zone) Vipin Kental.

Around four to five people who were working out in the gym were quickly evacuated.

A major incident was averted as shops and offices nearby were mostly shut when the incident took place.

"The fire was of the category of medium fire. As many as 26 fire tenders were pressed into duty along with 50 fire fighters," said Delhi Fire Department Director A K Sharma.

Entire Connaught Place area was filled with thick smoke and police and fire officials had a tough time keeping onlookers at bay. One of the metro gates was also shut to prevent people reaching the spot.

Kental and two other fire fighters suffered minor injuries in their hands due to shattered glass during fire fighting.

The fire was completely doused by 3 PM but cooling exercise continued till late evening, fire officials said. Although the exact cause of fire was not known, prima facie it appeared that a short circuit caused the fire. 

"The exact cause of fire will be known after an inquiry.

A major portion of the first floor has been gutted. Although fire did not spread to an apparel store and a café on the first floor, water used in firefighting has seeped into them," said Deputy Chief Fire Officer (New Delhi zone) Rajesh Panwar who took over the operations after Kental was injured.

The second incident took place in the narrow bylanes of Chandni Chowk area in the afternoon.

Around 25 fire tenders and at least 50 fire fighters were pressed into service to douse the flames.

No casualty has been reported so far in the incident that took place in the highly congested Kinari Bazar area, well know for wedding attire and accessories in Chandni Chowk.

The blaze started with a transformer catching fire which soon spread to a very old three-storeyed building which housed several shops. Fire spread very quickly as the shops had highly-inflammable material.

The building was behind Gurudwara Sis Ganj and fire officials had to park fire tenders on the main road and take pipes up to the spot as there was no space to the park the vehicles close to the building which was on fire.

"We got a call around 2:30 PM regarding fire in a transformer following which fire tenders were rushed to the spot. As the flames spread to neighbouring shops, the fire was upgraded to the level of medium fire. Around 25 fire tenders were used to douse the flames. A deputy fire official is on the spot to supervise the effort," said A K Sharma, Director Delhi Fire Services.

No casualty was reported in the incident and the fire was doused by 6:00 PM.

"As the blaze took place in the Old Delhi area's narrow lanes, movement of equipments, traffic and scarcity of water hampered our efforts to some extent," said Sharma.

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