Minutes after the incident, Delhi chief minister took to Twitter to appeal to maintain calm:
Patients are being shifted from AB ward (orthopaedic unit), after a fire broke out in PC block near emergency ward on 2nd floor of AIIMS in New Delhi. No casualty reported so far.
Incidentally, veteran BJP leader Arun Jaitley is on life support inside the hospital. According to sources, he is critical. Jaitley has been put on extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), The Hindu reported citing hospital sources. ECMO is used for those whose lungs and heart are incapable of operating on its own.
A massive fire broke out in a building at New Delhi’s AIIMS Hospital. Around 34 fire engines have been rushed to the spot to control the fire, which is reportedly spreading further. However, there is no report of any casualty so far. The fire reportedly started at a building near the emergency ward of the hospital. People are being evacuated from the building, said reports. The building is a non-patient block which houses doctors’ rooms and research labs, as per reports.