2 kids among 12 injured in fire triggered by gas leakage at MCCH Anantnag

Victims of fire incident in hospital at Anantnag. -Excelsior/Sajad Dar
Victims of fire incident in hospital at Anantnag. -Excelsior/Sajad Dar

Building has no firefighting mechanism: Officials

Irfan Tramboo
SRINAGAR, Mar 1: At least 12 persons including 2 kids were today injured in a fire incident allegedly caused due to a gas leak at Maternity and Childcare Hospital (M&CCH) in South Kashmir’s Anantnag while the district administration has ordered an inquiry into the matter.
As per officials, the blaze emerged out of a ticket counter which is situated outside the main hospital building, injuring a dozen people including employees stationed at the ticket counter, while they underlined that there was no blast reported at the site of the blaze.
Officials at MCCH, Anantnag told Excelsior that there was a gas leak in the heating gadget that was in use by the employees at the ticket counter of the hospital.
“Then, there was a sudden gush of a blaze that emerged out of the ticket counter and resulted in injuries to the people waiting near the ticket counter,” the officials said.
Officials of the Fire & Emergency (F&E) Services in the district said a ticket counter in a double storied hospital building was involved in a fire-the apparent cause of which is the leakage of LPG gas.
“The time of the call was 12:28 pm and soon after that the fire tenders from Fire Station City Chowk, Anantnag rushed to the spot,” officials said.
However, the officials of the F&E Services told Excelsior that the said building where the ticket counter is stationed has got no indoor fire fighting mechanism in place to deal with emergencies.
Those who have been injured in the fire incident have been identified as Sahil Ahmad Raina s/o Abdul Ahad, Fayaz Nazir s/o Nazir Ahmad, a resident of Malknag-both of them are the employees of the hospital.
Others who have suffered injuries have been identified as Mohammad Abbass s/o Ghulam Rasool, resident of Srigufwara, Bittu Singh, resident of Palpora, Mohammad Abass s/o Ghulam Rasool, resident of Srigufwara, Zakir s/o Mohammad Tariq, resident of Kachwan, Ruby d/o Manzoor Ahmad, resident of DK Pora, Rehana w/o Farooq Ahmad, resident of DK Pora, Sahil s/o Abdul Khaliq, resident of Warwan, Junaid Ahmad s/o Abdul Gafar, resident of Kokernag, Manan s/o Javaid Ahmad, resident of Malknag and Bilkeesa w/o Manzoor Ahmad, resident of DK Pora.
On the condition of the people who have been injured, the officials at Government Medical College (GMC), Anantnag told Excelsior that they have received 12 people with injuries who are currently being treated at the hospital.
“Out of 12 few with facial injuries have been shifted to Srinagar for further treatment, rest, they are all stable and are being treated at the hospital,” Medical Superintendent GMC Anantnag Dr Iqbal Sofi told Excelsior.
In the meantime, the District Administration has ordered an inquiry into the incident of gas leakage while stating the Government will bear the medical expenses of all the injured people.
“All 10 injured persons have minor superficial injuries and are out of danger. DC Anantnag @dr_piyushsingla has ordered inquiry by ADC level official into the incident. Govt will bear all medical expenses of injured,” the district administration Anantnag Tweeted.