Assam Medical College
The Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh

Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner, Pallav Gopal Jha has ordered a magisterial inquiry after a fire broke out at Assam Medical College Hospital (AMCH) on the night of November 8.

The inquiry is to be conducted by additional deputy commissioner, Dipu Kumar Deka within the next seven days.

An infant had died after the fire broke out at the mother and child care unit of the medical college.

The fire is believed to have been caused by a short circuit.

According to sources, the infant, who was on ventilation support in the intensive care unit (ICU), died after the disconnection of the power supply due to the fire.

After noticing smoke coming out from the electrical wires located above the ceiling, the hospital staff immediately sprayed about 10 to 15 fire extinguishers in the affected area.

“It was frightening. Everybody was running after the fire broke out at the unit. However, the situation could be brought under control due to timely action taken by the hospital authorities,” said a patient.

AMCH superintendent, Indra Chutia said after the fire was brought under control by the ward boys and security personnel in about 10 minutes.

“It is an unfortunate incident. The infant had been admitted to the ICU in a critical condition on November 5 and died at 11:30 pm on October 8,” said Chutia.

However, his death was not related to the fire as there was adequate power backup in the ICU, he said.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com