Printer behind Nirman Bhawan fire

Published: Jun 1, 2020, 2:11 pm IST

New Delhi: A minor fire broke out on the fourth floor of the Nirman Bhawan in the Central district of the national capital on Monday, however, no casualties occurred.

A call was received regarding the fire at 9:01 a.m. and five fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse off the flames, an official of the Delhi Fire Services told IANS.

Nirman Bhawan is a key building in the Central Delhi housing various key offices like that of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Directorate of Estates, Central Bureau of Health Intelligence, Central Public Works Department etc.

The fire was caused due to a printer in one of the government offices on the fourth floor of the building. “The fire was brought under control in merely 15 minutes,” the official added.

If the fire would not have been controlled, it could have resulted in massive damage to life and property and more importantly, while the country is dealing with a health crisis, if the flames would have reached the office of the Health Ministry, a lot of data could have been destroyed causing irreplaceable damage.

This was the second incident of fire in the national capital in the last 24 hours. On Sunday, a fire broke out at an Army Canteen in the Sadar Bazar area, as many as eight fire tenders were rushed to spot to douse the flame and control the situation.

While in the NCR region, fire broke out at an export company’s factory located in Noida Sector 64 in the early hours of Monday. 16 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The intensity of fire increased by the morning following which the fire officials had to call in for extra support.

Last week, a massive fire broke out in the slums of South-East Delhi’s Tughlakabad area, damaging at least 250 shantis and leaving thousands of people homeless and displaced. However, no casualties occurred during the incident.

The police and 28 fire engines reached the spot as soon as they received a call at around 12.50 a.m., said a fire department official, adding that all occupants were rescued in time even as they were fast asleep.