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Fire claimed 380 lives in `09 in Delhi, highest in 5 yrs

Last Updated: Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 00:37

New Delhi: More than two persons on an
average fall prey to fire mishaps everyday in the national
capital which witnessed over 6,500 such incidents between
January and June this year.

The year proved to be more fatal than the previous five
years in terms of loss of life as 380 lives were lost this
year as compared to 351 deaths reported from fire incidents in

The fire accidents also left 2,225 people injured during
the year as against 2,057 in 2007.

"There has been increase in incidents of fire than the
previous years. Our personnel saved property worth Rs 200
crore and many more human lives," a senior fire official said.

Out of the total of 16,452 distress calls made this year,
maximum calls -- 4,980 -- were from residential premises, 694
from industries, 133 from slums, 75 from high rise buildings
and 8,806 were in others areas.

Delhi Fire Services has around 200 fire engines, which
attend 100 calls daily at its 52 stations. "However, the
number goes slightly down in the winter season," the official

Besides the genuine distress calls from residents, the
fire department had to grapple with an average of two hoax
calls on daily basis during the year.

Delhi Fire department received 802 hoax fire calls during
the said period.

Firemen also attended to 716 calls pertinent to LPG
leakage during the first six months of this year as against
687 in 2008.

"Out of the total calls we received last year, only two
were in serious category," the fire official said.

Property worth nearly Rs 60 crore was lost whereas fire
officers succeeded in saving property worth about Rs 293.50
crore in 2008, according to the data.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 00:37

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