This Diwali, the festival of lights turned into a nightmare for the residents of a women’s paying guest hostel in Amar Colony in New Delhi when fire broke out and engulfed the building in a few minutes.
Fortunately, help came in the form of a handful of Delhi cops, who rescued all the 23 students and four wardens trapped in the hostel using nothing but two borrowed ladders.
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According to a Times of India report, the fire started in the basement and soon reached the second floor where the women were trapped. When the fire became intense and the flames blocked the exit, they panicked and started calling out for help. The policemen, who were on patrol in the locality came to their rescue and called the fire brigade. However, the fire was spreading at an alarming speed and seeing that there wasn’t time to wait, the policemen took it upon themselves to save the residents. Propping up two ladders against the wall, they helped the women down safely.
Dhan Singh, one of the cops who rescued the women, recalled the incident, “A large crowd had gathered near the building. I informed the fire department, but we could not afford to stand around. We borrowed two ladders from the neighbourhood and climbed up to the second floor.”
The hostel has over 35 guests, some of whom had gone home for Diwali when the incident took place. Thanks to the brave and prompt action taken by the team headed by Amar Colony SHO Udaibir Singh, no one was injured in the fire.