Several fire accidents marred the festive mood on Diwali in Mohali,Kharar and elsewhere in the district. While 21 children and adults sustained burn injuries,18 others were hurt in separate road mishaps and scuffles: all of them were brought to the Civil Hospital. The Mohali Fire Brigade,which is the lone fire service catering to Mohali and Ropar districts,received eight emergency calls on Diwali night.
Around 15,000 bags of paddy stock worth several lakhs of rupees were gutted at a dump in the old Panipat Woolen Mills site in Kharar when a firecracker ignited a major fire early Saturday morning. Even after dousing the flames,which took several hours,a fire tender was stationed at the site to control the simmering paddy stock. We are still busy segregating the stock saved from the fire. We will be able to assess the losses only after that,but right now it is estimated at several lakhs of rupees, said a leading rice miller,Sudarshan Verma. Grocery items at a shop in Dairi village and a Maruti Zen in Mamoopur village were gutted in separate fire incidents. Elsewhere,two houses in Sector 71,another in Phase X,a welding shop in Industrial Area,Phase I,Mohali were gutted in fire; at Sunny Enclave in Kharar,household articles and waste material stocked in the open were burnt due to cracker burst,Station Fire Officer Avtar Singh told Newsline.
He claimed that the department responded to all the emergency calls received between 4 pm on Friday till early morning on Saturday with alacrity. The Mohali Civil Hospital received 19 burn injury cases caused,said Emergency Medical Officer (EMO) Dr Manohar Lal. He said all patients with minor burns were treated and discharged by a team of specialist doctors specially deputed on emergency duty on Diwali night.
At Kharar Civil Hospital,two superficial burn injury cases were reported and discharged after treatment,said EMO Dr C P Singh. Also,18 people injured in scuffles and road accidents due to excess consumption of liquor and negligent driving were rushed to Kharar Civil Hospital on Friday; four seriously injured were referred to Chandigarh PGIMER,while the rest were admitted.