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Diwali Night Out: Delhi fire department gets 293 calls on Festival of Lights

Mumbai: People busy shopping ahead of Diwali in Mumbai, on Oct.17, 2014. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)

Mumbai: People busy shopping ahead of Diwali in Mumbai, on Oct.17, 2014. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)

Despite Union Health Minister Dr harsh Vardhan’s appeal for a “Silent Diwali”, this year’s festival of lights on Thursday the Delhi Fire Services (DFS) receive at 293 calls, which is the highest number in the past 5 years.

“This is the highest figure in the past five years. On Diwali, from midnight till 7 a.m. Oct 24, we received 293 calls of fire incidents from across the city,” a fire official told IANS.

So far, 55 have been linked directly to fire caused by crackers and in other cases the reason is yet to be ascertained, he said.

As of Friday morning, 73 calls were received and the highest number of them, 37, were received in just one hour between 9 and 10 PM, revealed the Fire Services official, showing the intensity of accidents due to firecrackers on Diwali.

On the positive note of it, no major fire accident was reported in Delhi but two of the Fire services officials received minor burn injures while trying to douse a fire in a shop in south Delhi area.

“None of the fire incidents caused any harm to the public at large, but left two of our officials with minor burn injuries while they were trying to douse a fire at a shop caused due to a cylinder gas blast in Okhla,” said another official.

The officer added both the fire fighters were taken to the Safdurjung Hospital where their condition was said to be out of danger.

(IANS)

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