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Fire breaks out at Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital in Tamil Nadu, fire tenders rushed at spot

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Chennai: A fire broke out at the surgical ward of the second block at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Royapettah, Chennai on Wednesday. Three fire tenders have been rushed into service.

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Rescue operations are on with fire tenders trying to douse the fire. In the beginning, fire fighters had a hard time evacuating the patients from the site due to severe smoke from the fire.

Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Radhakrishnan is also present at the site. Talking to Puthiyathalaimurai, TN Health Secretary Radhakrishnan said, “The fire is being controlled by the fire tenders. The firefighters have said that all the patients will be rescued. The Health Minister and dean are also present with us. The main tower block 1,2,3 is not affected due to the fire.”

“All patients have been evacuated safely. The fire broke out in one of the older buildings, the new three blocks are safe from fire. So far no report of casualties or injuries have been reported,” Dr J Radhakrishnan, principal secretary (health) for the Tamil Nadu government was quoted by sources.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

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