Six newborns charred to death in Delhi’s Vivek Vihar

Vivek Vihar Fire tragedy

Vivek Vihar Fire tragedy

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Six newborns die in Vivek Vihar Baby Centre fire tragedy

By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, May 26: A midnight fire at a baby centre in Delhi’s posh Vivek Vihar brunt to death at least six newborns, while five are undergoing treatment. Delhi Fire Department said that 11 newborns were rescued.

Reports said that multiple blasts in oxygen cylinders engulfed the baby centre in a raging fire. The Delhi Fire Services received an SOS call at 11.32 last night.

Nine fire tenders battled the raging fire for over three hours. “As many as 11 newborns were rescued,” said an official.

Five injured newborns are being treated. The owner of the baby centre is absconding, said a police official. One newborn was reportedly dead before the fire spread in the premises.

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The video footage of the rescue of the newborns showed bravery of the people who jumped into the smoke-filled centre to retrieve the babies. They used ladders to climb through a window to rescue the newborns.

“There were four accidents in Vivek Vihar Children’s Hospital in Delhi due to oxygen cylinder bursting. Twelve children were taken out by jumping into the fire and taken to the hospital. Six were saved but the remaining 6 could not be saved,” a social media user posted on X along with a video of the rescue of the newborns.

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The Vivek Vihar tragedy came a day after a fire tragedy in Rajkot in Gujarat killed 27 people. A fire in a gaming centre being run at a temporary structure in a mall left scores of people, mostly children charred to death.

Gujarat and Delhi have reported several incidents of fire in which scores of the people have lost their lives. The people are questioning the safety standards and enforcement of the rules of the administrations.

Delhi had reported several fire incidents in areas such as Karol Bagh, Mukherjee Nagar, Filmistan, paint factory, and shoe factory. Gaurav Shrivastava, a journalist, posted on X that there had been several fire incidents in the national capital in the last 10 years in which about 100 people lost their lives.

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Sahil Kansal, another media person, stated that there had been several fire incidents in Delhi in the last 10 years while no visible action was taken by the city government. The staffers at the baby care centre ran away first after fire spread following blasts in oxygen cylinders, claimed a report by DD News.

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