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Fire Erupts at Chandigarh PGI Eye Center, Prompt Evacuation Ensures Patient Safety
Published : Oct 16, 2023, 2:15 pm IST
Updated : Oct 16, 2023, 2:15 pm IST
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Fire Incident
Fire Incident

Chandigarh PGI faced a sudden fire scare at the eye center, triggering a swift response from authorities

CHANDIGARH: A Startling incident occurred at Chandigarh's Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) on Monday morning when a fire broke out at the eye center. The Immediate discovery of the fire prompted a rapid response from senior PGI officials, ensuring the safety of patients and their families, albeit causing a moment of panic.

Patients and their family members at the eye center were swiftly evacuated to safety, with a significant gathering of both patients and staff outside the affected area. Fortunately, no injuries to patients have been reported at this time. As a precaution, the eye center's outpatient department (OPD) was promptly closed.

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The fire is currently contained within the basement, and firefighting efforts are in progress. Chandigarh's fire brigade vehicles were immediately dispatched to the scene to combat the blaze. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, and investigations are underway.

This Incident follows a recent fire that broke out in Block C of Nehru Hospital at PGI on October 9, underscoring the importance of fire safety measures within the medical facility. During the previous fire, patients were successfully relocated to Block A of Nehru Extension and Nehru Hospital, averting potential harm. More than 400 patients were safely moved, although seven hospital wards were affected and remain inactive.

Notably, Authorities at PGI Chandigarh are diligently working to handle this latest incident and ensure the safety and well-being of all individuals on the premises. Further updates on the situation will be provided as soon as more information becomes available.

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