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"Most likely, the building had no NOC," says director of Delhi fire department on deaths of newborns at hospital

New Delhi: After seven newborns were killed in a fire incident at a baby care centre in Delhi's Vivek Vihar, Atul Garg, Director of the Delhi Fire Department said that it is most likely that the authorities did not posses a No-Objection Certificate (NOC).
The owner of the care centre is Naveen Kichi who is still absconding.
As per the Delhi police, an FIR under sections 336 and 304A is being registered against him.
Atul Gard told ANI, "I cannot explain this completely yet, most likely the authorities did not posses a No-Objection Certificate (NOC)."
"At 11:32 pm, we got a call that there was a fire in the baby care centre. We initially sent seven fire tenders and afterwards, sent five more. We tried very hard and rescued 12 children. Later we came to know that there were small children in which around six children died. It is a very sad incident," he added.
Further, the director of the Delhi Fire Department said that because there were some oxygen cylinders, the blast took place.
"When we got the call, the caller requested to send more vehicles as the fire spread to the nearby buildings also," Garg said.
According to Atul Garg, the fire broke out in the baby centre first, so people from nearby areas had already left and there was no need to rescue the adjacent buildings.
"It was a very tough operation. We made two teams. One team started firefighting because there was a blast of cylinders, we can say the chain of blast of cylinders. So we had to save ourselves also. We started rescue operations for babies as well. Unfortunately, we could not save all the children. We removed all the twelve babies to the hospital. But after arrival, they declared that 6 were dead. That is a regrettable incident," he added.
President Droupadi Murmu extended her condolences on the incident.
In a post on X, the President said, "The news of the death of many children due to a fire in a hospital in Vivek Vihar, Delhi is heart-rending. May God give strength to the bereaved parents and relatives to bear this shock. I pray for the speedy recovery of other children injured in this incident."
Meanwhile, Delhi CM Kejriwal assured strict action in the case.
"This incident of fire in a children's hospital is heartbreaking. We all stand with those who lost their innocent children in this accident. Government and administration officials are busy providing treatment to the injured on the spot. The causes of the incident are being investigated and whoever is responsible for this negligence will not be spared," Kejriwal said.

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