Firefighting system of Shine hospital was 'dysfunctional'

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  21 Oct 2019 8:45 AM GMT
Firefighting system of Shine hospital was dysfunctional

Hyderabad: Investigations are underway into the fire that broke out at the Shine Children’s Hospital at LB Nagar in Hyderabad early on Monday morning.

Primary investigations found that the firefighting system of the hospital was not in working condition. The fire department said, “When the fire personnel tried to use the hospital hose, it did not work.” Teams from the fire department had rushed to the spot, immediately after the incident.

According to officials, “A fire call message was received by the Hayathnagar fire station at 2.59 am on Monday. Immediately the Mist Bullet and the Multi-Purpose vehicles were sent out with the crews. The Mist Bullet crew reached the fire accident at 3.06 am and saw that the fire was on the third floor of the building. The team rushed to the third floor, that was filled with smoke, and had no visibility. The crew tried to ease visibility and release the smoke by breaking the windows. In the meantime, the MPT vehicle along with fire officers and additional crew reached the spot. As there was only a small fire near the fridge, the team used the hose from the MPT and extinguished the fire.

The fire broke out in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where five infants were undergoing treatment in incubators. Before the fire personnel could reach, the hospital staff shifted the infants to the nearest hospitals. Other children undergoing treatment in the other part of the hospital building were shifted to nearby hospitals by the police and hospital staff with the help of the fire personnel.

Meanwhile, a case of causing death due to negligence was registered against the hospital management and the owner Sunil Kumar Reddy. Police sealed the premises for further probe.

Clues teams of the police department are at the spot collecting samples to send for forensic analysis. Further investigation is underway.

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