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70 children among 100 persons rescued after fire in building

New Delhi: Over 100 persons were evacuated after a fire broke out in a building that houses several coaching centres in west Delhi's Janakpuri on Tuesday, said a officer from the Delhi Fire Service. Chief Fire Officer (DFS) Atul Garg said that in the heroic act more than 70 children were also evacuated safely. A call about the fire was received around 11.50 am and three fire tenders were rushed to spot. The fire was brought under control by 12.05 pm. A team under Bhupender Prakash (fire Station in charge) reached the spot.

According to the officer, the fire was in electric metre, panel and cables on the ground floor. The basement was empty while the ground floor was being used as stilt parking. The upper ground floor houses the State Bank of India and around 20 persons were evacuated from there. Atul Garg further said that the first floor houses the computer lab of Aakash Institute and two persons were evacuated while 65 persons, including 50 students were evacuated from the second floor, which houses Vidyamandir classes and five persons were evacuated from the third floor which houses Bansal Classes, the officer added. He said as a precautionary measure, the building was evacuated.

"There were some vehicles parked at ground floor which caused a little bit of hindrance but all the persons were safely rescued and no injury was reported," said a fire official. The rescue operation was conducted by 12-13 fire personnel.

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