As many as six girls were injured in a fire that broke out at Kaveri Girls Hostel in Janakpuri, South Delhi at 3 am on Wednesday morning. Around 50 girls were evacuated from the building. The fire is said to have started from an electric panel in the basement of the girls’ hostel which later spread to the ground floor.
The six girls injured were admitted to a hospital nearby. Three fire tenders were present at the site and the flames were doused within half an hour, by 3.30 am.
This comes less than a week after 21 teenage students, including 16 girls, were killed in a massive fire which engulfed a coaching centre in Sarthana area of Gujarat’s Surat. While some were suffocated, others jumped to their death from the top floor of the four-storey commercial complex where the coaching centre was located.
Preliminary investigation in the incident has revealed that the coaching centre was illegally constructed at the top floor of the building. The police have registered an FIR against three people, including the builders of the complex and the owner of the coaching centre. Following the terrible incident, Gujarat government has ordered a fire safety audit of all the schools, hospitals, malls and other commercial buildings to check whether they have proper equipment and facilities to deal with such incidents.