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Fire breaks out at pvt hospital in east Delhi, over 90 patients evacuated safely

New Delhi: Over 90 patients were evacuated to safety on Saturday, after a major fire broke out at a hospital in east Delhi's Preet Vihar.
Police said some patients suffered minor injuries in the fire that broke out on the second floor of the Metro Hospital and Cancer Institute.
"When I reached the hospital, I saw smoke coming out from the second floor," an official of the hospital said.
"We immediately evacuated all patients and staff. Of the 92 patients admitted in the hospital, 43 were sent to Metro Hospital in Noida. The others were moved to Max Patparganj and government hospitals nearby," the official said.
He added that everyone was evacuated from the five-storeyed building and no casualty or major injury was reported.
At the time of the incident, 240 staffers were present in the hospital.
The fire originiated from an air conditioning vent and then spread to other floors, a police official said. Cooling operation was underway, the police said.
A senior officer of Delhi Fire Services said they received a call at 3.20 pm about the blaze, which intensified in the next 20 minutes. 12 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, he said. "But it was controlled by 4.15 pm and completely doused by 4.50 pm," the official added.
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