Forensic Committee investigation rules out angle shorting – The New Indian Express


Express news service

VIJAYAWADA: The committee of forensic experts formed by the state government to determine the cause of the fire at the Swarna Palace hotel, which killed 10 people, ruled out the possibility of an electrical short circuit , notwithstanding the claim by Ramesh Hospital and hotel management that this short-circuit in the electrical panel at the reception desk caused the incident.

In a major fire that took place on August 9 in the Covid Care Center (CCC) run by the Ramesh Hospital at the Swarna Palace Hotel, 10 patients lost their lives and 20 were injured.

The state government formed a district committee headed by Krishna Collector A Md Imtiaz, the health committee headed by CEO Aarogyasri A Mallikarjuna to study the operational procedure of the CCC and the forensic committee headed by the department. DG Md Ahsan Reza to find out the reasons for the accident.

During the investigation, two teams of officials from the Forensic Medicine Department twice examined the hotel premises and found that there was no sign of an electrical short circuit at the scene.

The committee was of the opinion that the fire could have occurred due to the negligence of the hotel staff and the presence of flammable materials at the reception desk.

The inability of hotel staff to extinguish the fire soon after it broke out could have been another reason for the flames to spread to the entire premises in no time, estimated the committee.

He also found that the intensity of the fire was high in the reception area, lobby and another room adjacent to the reception desk, as the insulation of some power cables at the bus bars was completely burnt. “This could be due to an external heat effect and the lack of a ‘crater and burst’ effect indicated that the fire had not occurred due to an explosion,” the committee said.

He also came to the conclusion that hotel staff may have intentionally deleted the CCTV camera recordings to cover up their negligence.

“The bus bar and MCB switch panel tripped indicating that no short circuit has occurred,” the committee said, adding that no bead formation was found. on burnt copper wires.

When contacted, firefighters told TNIE they had asked hotel management to submit the entire electrical panel drawing and specifications for further investigation.

“It’s been over three months. But the hotel management did not submit the specifications and other details of the hotel’s electrical equipment. We have served notices on the hotel management in this regard, ”said a senior official.

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