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    The Delhi-based Safdarjung Hospital is one of the largest central government hospitals in India in terms of bed capacity.

    As many as 50 patients undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) were rescued after a fire broke out at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital early Wednesday.

    The incident took place at around 6:35 a.m. local time, and nine fire engines were pressed into service.  

    "The fire broke out on the first floor [the ICU unit] of the three-storey block at the Safdarjung Hospital. Approximately 50 patients were shifted to other wards with the help of hospital staff", Delhi Fire Services Chief Atul Garg told Sputnik.

    A video shared on Twitter, purportedly from inside the hospital, shows damage to equipment.

    Garg said the cause of the fire is yet unknown. No casualties have been reported due the incident.

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