Delhi Reports Almost 300 Fire-Related Incidents On Diwali

12/11/2015 11:32 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian children light firecrackers during celebrations of Diwali, the festival of lights, in Siliguri on November 11, 2015. Hindus decorate the entrance of their homes and business centers with marigold flowers, banyan trees and light fire crackers during the Diwali festival which marks the victory of good over evil and commemorates the time when Hindu God Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana. AFP PHOTO/ Diptendu DUTTA (Photo credit should read DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Firefighters in the national capital received 290 calls related to minor fire incidents on Diwali.

"290 fire-related incidents were reported on Diwali. All incidents were minor. No big casualty was reported," an official of the fire department said today.

As many as 128 calls were received after midnight, said the official, adding elaborate arrangements were in place to deal with any emergency.

He said they were now compiling the data to find out how many fire tenders were used yesterday.

According to Delhi Fire Services department, the 6 PM to 9 PM time period is said to be the peak hour for people bursting crackers and this is when majority of the calls were received.

Last year, the Fire Brigade officials attended to 220 calls while in 2014, they had responded to 75 calls in the duration.

In 2012, they had received 50-55 calls during this span, while in 2010 they had received 210 calls.

The Delhi Fire Services had deployed fire tenders at 20 vulnerable locations in the city including congested areas and key market places in addition to its 56 fire stations.

Around 1,800 personnel of the Delhi Fire Services out of its total strength of 3,000 were on duty while 175 to 180 fire fighting vehicles were operational, the senior official added.

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