Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Nov 30:
The fire that broke out at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatrics (Sishu Bhawan) on Sunday could have been contained at the outset by timely intervention using fire extinguishers available there, said state chief fire officer Sukant Sethi here today.
“Now we have to examine the exact seat of the fire. How it got aggravated and spread to the upper area? We will examine eye witness first. Had fire extinguishers and hoses available here been used, it could have been controlled at the initial level. In case of a fire, the first one minute is important, the one who saw the fire first. Had he or she acted immediately, the fire could have been extinguished at the initial stage and there would have been no need to call the fire brigade. We will examine it minutely, it’s now subject of investigation,” said Sethi briefing reporters here today after the meeting of the technical committee formed with officers from the Fire department and General Electrical Division to ascertain the cause of the fire at the Sishu Bhawan.
Similarly, superintending engineer of the Works department Subash Acharya who was also present at the technical committee meeting said the unauthorized use of a 200 watts electric bulb at the ward could also be the cause of the fire.
“What I have seen and felt is the unauthorized use of a 200 watt bulb. It should not have been used. That could be the cause of the fire though the exact cause of the fire is yet to be known. The wiring is ok. We have checked it,” said Acharya.
“We have set up an inquiry committee to inquire into the matter. After it gives its report only then details will be known,” said Dr Saroj Satpathy superintendent Sishu Bhawan.