Fire breaks out in GMC ward

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A major fire was averted today at Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu, after fire fighters swiftly doused a blaze that broke out near Ward No 2 due to unknown reasons.
According to the reports, at about 9 pm today the fire broke out in the Corridor adjacent to the Ward No 2 of the hospital, where broken beds and used mattresses, bed-sheets etc were stored for disposal. Noticing the flames, the panicked patients and attendants informed the hospital staff, who immediately called fire tenders.
Till the fire tenders reached the spot, the hospital staff swung into action and tried their best to control the fire by using fire extinguishers installed in the hospital premises. In the meantime, two fire tenders from Fire Station Panjtirthi reached the spot and the fire was controlled and doused completely by the firemen within 35-40 minutes.
According to Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr Ravinder Ratanpal, there was no loss of life and property in the fire. “Nobody was hurt in the fire, as our alert staff restricted it to the corridor only”, he added.
When asked what caused the fire, he said that it is difficult to say but prima facie it appears that the fire broke out due to some piece of ignited cigarette or ‘beedi’ thrown by somebody.

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