Kolkata: Huge panic spread among the outdoor patients at the SSKM Hospital on Friday during working hours.
Panic arose among patients and their family members, after huge amount of smoke were reportedly seen emitting from the transformer (panel box) of the Cardio Thoracic OPD department. This resulted in panic among the patients who tried to come out of the building in haste.
Panic heightened as there were no engines placed within the hospital premises in the day. Usually SSKM keeps fire tenders at night in its premises. 4 fire tenders were pressed into service. The fire tenders could not use gate number 1 , which is nearest to the spot, due to the presence of a large number of outdoor patients. As a result, the fire tenders had to move around and enter the spot.
The fire tenders have brought the situation under control, though smoke is still present. As per the fire officials, it is a case of electrical shot circuit. The officers of the Bhawanipore police station have reached the spot and have started an investigation.