A major fire broke out at the teaching block of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi on Saturday, August 17 at around 5 pm. 

According to News18, firefighting teams brought the situation under control after 5 hours. 

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A resident doctor believed it was the biggest fire incident that has occured in the history of the institute. Samples, medical reports and other instruments have reportedly been destroyed.

Aaj Tak

The fire that started at around 5 pm from the Microbiology department was first noticed by Rajesh Mahato, who works as a guard at the teaching block. At least 34 fire tenders were rushed to the spot as the blaze spread to five floors. 

What started with thick fumes soon turned into dense smoke that spread through the gastroenterology wing, causing panic and chaos. 

Around 32 people were evacuated and no casualties were reported. 


Soon patients had to be evacuated out of the vicinity including those who were on life support. 

Vipin Kental, Director of Delhi Fire Services said that the Microbiology department’s virology unit on the second floor was completely gutted. He further explained: 

The fire started on the second floor of the building and spread to the third and fourth floors. It flared up to the rear side of the fifth floor and work is underway to bring it under control. There was some temporary structure built at the rear side of the building and some generators were kept there, due to which our vehicles could not approach the rear side of the building to douse the fire.
India Today

In a statement, the Media and Protocol Division, AIIMS said: 

The Delhi Fire Services, along with AIIMS fire division, have controlled the fire and are still on the job. There has been no loss or damage to life. As a precautionary measure, the patients admitted in the adjoining AB Wing have been shifted out to the other wings of the hospital temporarily. 
Hindu Business Line

Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is also admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the cardio-neuro centre but has been housed in a different building in the complex. 

The Hindu

People were active and took to Twitter to react to this terrifying incident at AIIMS. 

Other information regarding the patients admitted in the AB Wing can be obtained from the Control Room 011-26593308.