A fire broke out inside the computer lab of Ram Lal Anand College located in the South Campus of the University of Delhi on Monday, June 8, 2020.
The Delhi Fire Services received a call about the fire at 11:40 am and four fire tenders were rushed to the college premise. The blaze was brought under control by 12:25 pm.
As stated by Zee News, at least two classrooms at the college were charred in the fire. The photographs of the scene showed huge red fireballs leaping from the window frames and a thick black smoke spiralling out. However, no one was injured in the incident, the DFS official said.
Dr. Rakesh Gupta, Principal of the College, said the fire gutted the statistics computer lab. “There were about 38-40 computers in the lab that were gutted in the fire. It was today that the lab was opened by a staffer for cleaning purposes. The fire was triggered due to a short circuit in the air-conditioner,” he was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.
The fire incident took place even as all educational institutions are shut across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. As per Central Government’s Unlock 1.0 guidelines, a decision on the opening of schools, universities, colleges, coaching, and training institutions will be taken in the month of July after consultations with the respective states and Union territories. The state government or UT administrations have been advised to hold consultations at the institution level with parents and other stakeholders before taking a decision on the opening of educational institutions.