Fire erupts at Children’s Hospital pharmacy storage


Govt forms committee to probe hospital fire incident

Fire erupted at Children’s Hospital pharmacy storage on Saturday.As per details, the fire erupted at the third floor of the building and 7 rescue cars are at sight to extinguish the fire with full strength. While the rescue team said that the investigations will be done to see if anyone lit the medicine store on purpose.

Medicine stock worth of millions turned into ashes on the third floor. While firefighters are trying to eliminate combustion from one side of the building.

After eliminating the fire, police will collect clues for the forensics. All departments will be included in the investigation including MS, DMS and the security guards.

Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz directed secretary health to submit a report of the incident after detailed investigation while he also urged the authorities to find culprits behind the incident.

After 3 hours of rescue operation, firefighters are still trying to eliminate the fire. While the operations scheduled in the hospital for today got cancelled.

Rescue 1122 is using the help of a crane to eliminate the fire. However, no loss of life has been reported.

As per sources, the OPD has also been closed due to the fire while patients and their families are stuck outside the emergency department.

Meanwhile, The Punjab government on Saturday formed a committee to investigate the fire that erupted on the third floor of Lahore Children Hospital.According to a notification issued by Punjab Health Department, a six-member committee has been formed to probe the fire incident at Lahore hospital. The committee will be headed by the special security of the health department.

The committee would ascertain the cause of the fire; the firefighting system at the hospital, and the elements involved behind the fire incident.

The investigation team has been directed to submit its report in three days.

Meanwhile, Punjab Health Minister Khawaja Salman Rafique also visited the hospital and reviewed the rescue operation.

Talking to the media, Kh Salman said that patients and staff of the hospital were safe and an inquiry committee had been constituted to know the cause of fire.

An intense fire broke out at Lahore’s Children Hospital pharmacy storage in the wee hours of Saturday. Around 22 fire tenders took part in the operation to douse the fire that erupted at the medical store of the hospital.