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7 Newborns Dead in Delhi Fire, Locals Allege Illegal Oxygen Cylinder Trade at Blamed Center

Vivek Vihar, East Delhi: Seven newborn babies tragically died in a fire that ripped through a baby care center in East Delhi’s Vivek Vihar on Saturday night. Residents allege the center was illegally trading oxygen cylinders, raising concerns this may have contributed to the fire’s severity.

Locals Reported Safety Concerns: Locals claim they repeatedly complained to authorities about the alleged illegal activity at the New Born Baby Care Hospital. They reported witnessing trucks and vans loading and unloading oxygen cylinders at night, far exceeding what a small care center would typically require.

Fire reportedly started on floor with cylinders: According to residents, the fire originated on the first floor, where the alleged illegal oxygen refilling was taking place. They believe a cylinder blast triggered the inferno, which quickly spread due to the presence of numerous additional cylinders.

Hospital Management Blamed: Locals expressed frustration over the lack of action from authorities regarding their complaints. They allege the presence of only nurses and men at the center, raising questions about the legitimacy of the medical care provided.

Investigation Launched, Owner Absconding: Police have registered a case against the center’s owner, Naveen Khichi, who is currently absconding. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Five Babies Still Hospitalized: While a tragic loss of life has occurred, it’s important to note that five of the twelve newborns rescued from the fire are still receiving treatment at East Delhi Advance NICU Hospital.

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