Current news and events related to Fire Safety/Services/Prevention.
June 9, 2018
MUMBAI: A major fire broke in British era ground-plus-five storey Kothari building ( also known as the Light Of Asia) Fort, around 4.30 am on Saturday. No one sustained any serious injury in the incident.
It was an unoccupied building and portion of it collapsed during the firefighting operation.
Officials stated that serious tragedy averted as a group of firemen involved in firefighting operation had moved to safe distance just before the portion of the building collapsed on the two fire vehicles where they were standing.
Two firemen on a ladder sustained minor injuries in the incident and were admitted to a hospital.
Fire official said that no one was trapped inside the building. Firemen had put 16 fire engines into firefighting operation to ensure that it should not spread in neighbouring buildings. They managed to control the fire after three hours of struggle.
It was a C-1 category (most dangerous) building and the state government authority, Mhada had vacated the premises four year ago. Such buildings need to be demolished for reconstruction. There is no clarity why Mhada failed to demolish the dangerous structure in last four yeas, putting lives of thousands of pedestrians in danger who passes from the building regularly.
There were gaps between the building’s pillars and the shops on its ground floor. The gap between the shops and the pillars were used as temporary footpath by pedestrians and hawkers.
The building was empty and no one was living inside said a BMC official.
Assistant municipal commissioner Kiran Dighavkar said, “The fire started from the second floor of the building after which half of its portion collapsed.”
June 02, 2018
Fire broke out in a factory in Navi Mumbai’s Mahape TTC industrial area and spread to two other units on Saturday. No one was injured in the incident as the fire started very early in the morning.
The fire broke out around 2.30am in units located on plots A67 and A68. “The fire started in A68, which is PacoPacK Industries, a firm that manufactures pharmaceutical packaging material. It then spread to Malvika Synthetic Pvt. Ltd. next to it,” said MIDC fire officer Surendra Chaudhary. “It spread to Utomauki, another unit, which had scrap stored in it.”
Seven fire engines from the MIDC fire station, NMMC, Thane and Reliance were put into service and battled the raging blaze for close to four hours before it was brought under control. “We managed to bring it under control in some time, but cooling operations took several hours,” Chaudhary said.
He added: “Prima facie, it appears that the fire was caused by a short circuit. Further investigations are on. The damages incurred are yet to be ascertained.”
June 02, 2018
MUMBAI: A fire broke out in the Income Tax office in South Mumbai on Friday, but no casualties were reported, a Fire Brigade official said.
The blaze started on the third floor of the I-T office located in multi-storeyed Scindia House and efforts are on to douse it, he said.
"Our control room received information at 4.55 pm about a fire erupting on the third floor of the ground plus six-storeyed building.
"Five fire engines, four water tankers along with adequate number of fire brigade personnel were rushed to the site to douse the flames," the official said.
No injuries were reported so far, but one person trapped on the second floor of the commercial building was rescued by firefighters, he said.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known, the official said.
The building, a well-known landmark in South Mumbai, also houses the office of the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT).
June 1, 2018
After the Kamala Mills fire claimed 14 people in December 2017, the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) served notices to 1,557 commercial establishments for violating fire safety norms and granted them up to 120 days to comply. However, even four months later, a mere 23.18 per cent of the total establishments have complied to the safety norms.
DNA accessed the data from MFB, which shows that in January and February 3,373 commercial establishments in the city were inspected for compliance of fire safety norms, out of which 1,557 were found violating them. MFB served them the notices under Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act 2006. But, only 361 of them toed the line; of them, 348 are restaurants.
Out of 1,557 establishments, 1,473 were hotels and restaurants, 17 were theatres, nine were malls, 11 were basements, three were explosive godowns and 68 were other commercial establishments.
Some of the errant restaurants, according to MFB officials, are 24 Lounge & Bistro in Khar, Flavours in Bandra, Jain Sabkuchh Food Plaza in Goregaon, the canteen at NESCO exhibition centre in Goregaon, Faaso's and Subway outlets in Parel. Chief fire officer PS Rahangdale said, "We are taking further action against the defaulters and have served some of them prosecution notices."
The senior MFB officials observed that commercial establishments with minor violations or faults, such as non-operational fire-fighting installations, storing of material in the fire-safety passage, dodgy extensions, etc comply quickly to the notices. But restaurants with major violations find it difficult to comply to norms. While some do not submit their fire safety compliance report, others don't ask for permission for extensions, which put them on the defaulter's list.
Of 1,557 establishments, 1,473 were hotels and restaurants, 17 were theatres, nine were malls, 11 were basements, 3 were godowns, 68 were commercial set-ups
May 29, 2018
MUMBAI: A fire broke out in the spare coach of a train at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway yard on Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured, the police said.
In visuals on TV, scores of firemen were trying to put out the fire on a coach of the train, which was parked at the yard. Thick smoke was coming out of the windows.
A huge crowd watched the firefighting operation and the police could be seen trying to control any panic or chaos.
Senior railway officials said the fire was doused soon. They are trying to find out what cause the fire.
May 29, 2018
A huge fire erupted in Malad West’s Gupta Market, which houses the famous MM Mithaiwala store, early Tuesday morning. At least 12 fire tenders had arrived on the spot to douse the fire.
“The fire has been confined to an area of 5000 to 7000 meters in the market. The market houses several small shops selling stationery, puja samagri, garments and immitation jewellry along with sweet manufacturers. There are no casualties yet but it is still too early to say,” said AV Kale, fire officer.
While the fire department has not confirmed the cause of the fire, unofficial sources said prima facie it appears that the fire began due to a short circuit. According to the fire department, the fire began at around eight am, however, staff working at the shop say it started at around seven am when they were preparing for the day.
“Some of us had woken up to begin preparing the sweets for the day and most were still asleep around 7 am when we suddenly noticed smoke erupting from below. We hurriedly woke everyone up and rushed out. It was completely dark and we could not see anything before us but we all managed to escape out,” said Shyam Prakash, who along with other staff of the shop sleep on the first floor of the store.
Being adjacent to the Malad station the fire also caused inconvenience to office goers as the narrow road was closed to vehicles to allow smooth movement of emergency vehicles.
“We generally get a rickshaw from the station to go to our office in Mindspace. But now we will have to walk till SV Road to get one. With fire tenders on the road and all these bystanders to watch them, there is hardly any space for us to walk. It is office time and it is bound to cause a rush,” said Priya Rane.
Source: Indian Express
May 28, 2018
MUMBAI: Three persons were killed and nine others suffered injuries, including eight firemen, after a major fire engulfed the seventh floor of an 11-storey commercial building in Goregaon (W) on Sunday. The deceased were identified as Naimuddin Shah (25), Ramavtar (45) and Ram Tirathpal (45). While Shah’s body was found on the seventh floor, the other two bodies were found in a lift stuck between the fourth and fifth floors, nearly six hours after the fire broke out. “Of the eight injured fire officials, two suffered excessive smoke inhalation during rescue operations,” said chief fire officer P S Rahangdale. They have been admitted to hospital. The other fire officers suffered cuts and bruises and minor burns, said an official.
Around 4.30pm, the fire broke out on the seventh floor of Techniplex Complex on SV Road. Five fire engines, four water tankers and an ambulance were rushed to the site, said officials from the civic disaster management department. Traffic was halted on SV Road for a brief period as a precautionary measure.
Fire officials said as the blaze was confined to the electrical duct, smoke and heat traveled through all 11 floors of the glass facade building, which consists of a basement and two podiums and houses a bank on one of the top floors. As it was a Sunday, there were very few people inside the building. According to initial reports, only five men, who were doing some internal structural work on the seventh floor, were stranded inside the building. “As thick, black smoke billowed out of the windows, the five laborers could not find their way out,” said a senior fire official.
“Even as we called for the 81-m ladder from the Borivli fire station, our men rushed into the building. They found four of the men and carried them down the stairs, out to safety. The fifth man was brought out through the window using the 81-m tall ladder.” After the fire was brought under control, locals told firemen that three men were still missing. Fire officials rushed back into the building to look for them even as cooling operations began. They found Shah lying unconscious on the seventh floor. He was rushed to the nearby Siddharth Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
May 21, 2018
Fire broke out in a state-run primary healthcare unit situated on the ground floor of a civic school in Thane early on Monday, badly damaging the dispensary. There were no casualties as both the school and the dispensary were shut. The incident took place in a three-storeyed Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) school in Gandhi Nagar, on Pokhran Road number 2.
“The fire started around 6.30am. It was not a minor fire, and the dispensary has been damaged badly. The Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) reached the spot and helped the fire department douse the fire,” said Santosh Kadam, RDMC, TMC. “We don’t know if there are any fire safety measures within the building.”
Shashikant Kale, chief fire officer, Thane, said: “As soon as we got the call, we left for the site, but because of narrow lanes, the big fire vehicles could not reach the site. So, initially, we used light portable pumps, and later, we managed to get small vehicles inside.” Kale said it took the fire brigade an hour to douse the blaze, for which one fire engine, two rescue vehicles, and a heater mist were used. The cause of the fire has not yet been identified.
Recently, a proposal has been put forth to install fire safety equipment inside TMC schools.
May 17, 2018
A fire broke out on Thursday morning at Vrindavan Studios in Umbergaon which is located on the border of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
As per the first-hand information, fire engines’ have rushed to the spot and are trying to control the fire. The outbreak happened due to short circuit on the sets, moreover due to the use of a large amount of POP and plastic properties the fire spread wide.
Further, sources from one of the channels confirm that the fire broke out at one after the pack up today in the morning, on one of the sets of Porus where shoots were not scheduled for a while now. Everything was under control within hours, and shoot has resumed.
However, no further information has been received about the fire on the sets of Mahakali and Shanidev. The exact cause of the fire is still unknown. No casualties have been reported, but it is said that the studio has suffered a huge loss.
May 17, 2018
Fire broke out in a flat on the 13th floor of Madar Manzil early on Thursday.
A fire broke out in a 22-storey residential tower on Yari Road, Versova, around 2.30 am on Thursday. A 46-year-old man sustained burn injuries after a short circuit in his apartment started the fire.
“Fire broke out in a house on the 13th floor of Madar Manzil. A resident man, Fawad Khan, has sustained burn injuries on his right hand,” said the fire department official, who did not wish to be named. Khan has been admitted to Kokilaben hospital in Andheri (west).
“Officials evacuated the building because of the fire as a precautionary measure,” said Rahul Sankhla, eyewitness and a local resident of the area.
Two fire engines and a water tanker were sent to the spot, and the fire was doused by 3.15 am, the official said.
May 16, 2018
MUMBAI: A 40-year-old labourer was killed in a fire which broke out in a leather factory at Vasai early Wednesday morning. According to eyewitnesses, the smoke was billowing from the factory, manufacturing leather bags and shoes, at around 3 a.m.
The security guard informed the manager, who rushed to the factory and called the fire brigade. While the factory was shut, a labourer was inside the premises. He is believed to have died of suffocation.
Locals said that the fire was brought under control but it reoccurred from another spot and spread. The cause of the blaze has not been ascertained yet. Leather materials were up in flames and the loss is estimated to be over a crore.
The body of the worker has been taken to the primary health centre for autopsy.
May 13, 2018
A fire broke out at Levi’s showroom on Shahid Bhagat Singh road in Colaba late Saturday night and was brought under control with no casualty reported. According to the disaster management unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the incident was reported at around 10.30 pm, following which four water tankers and as many fire engines reached the spot at around 10.36 pm.
The fire was classified as level 2 (major) fire. “The fire was brought under control within an hour. The firefighting team then initiated cooling operating. We are yet to ascertain the cause of fire,” said a senior official from Mumbai fire brigade department.
Source: The Indian Express
May 9, 2018 (Only For Representation)
NAVI MUMBAI: A fire broke out at Dwarka restaurant, located on the ground floor, in Nerul railway station complex, on Tuesday at 5 pm. The Nerul fire station team rushed doused the flames.
No casualty was reported. Nerul fire officer Arun Bhoir said, “The fire broke out inside the restaurant’s kitchen chimney. A lot of dust had accumulated inside the chimney. The excessive heat inside the chimney may have caused the fire to spread in the entire kitchen. The flames were doused within 10 minutes and thereafter the cooling operation continued for around 35 minutes.”
“After the fire broke out, the staff tried to douse the flames using an extinguisher, but in vain,”
May 7, 2018
Nagpur: The assistant loco pilot (ALP) of the Mumbai-bound 12810 Howrah Mail died after the engine caught fire between Talni and Dhamangaon, 90km from here under Nagpur division of Central Railway, on Sunday evening. The victim has been identified as SK Vishwakarma (32), a native of Gaya in Bihar, and residing in Railway Quarters at Ajni Colony, Nagpur.
Sources said the train had left 20 minutes late from Nagpur around 2.45pm, and reached Pulgaon 50 minutes behind schedule. When the train was passing through Talni, at around 4.56pm, loco pilot DL Bramhe and Vishwakarma saw smoke emanating from the engine. There is no official information on how the engine caught fire, and whether it was maintained as per norms. The loco WAP-4 (22936) was introduced in 1994, whereas the railways have switched over to the WAP-7 versions now.
Central Railway chief public relations officer (CPRO) Sunil Udasi said that when Vishwakarma noticed the fire, he tried to douse it with a fire extinguisher. “Vishwakarma fell down from the running train while observing the train, as is usually done by ALPs as per procedure. He was rushed to the military hospital at Pulgaon, where he was declared dead. No passengers were hurt,” said Udasi.
However, railway sources said that when Vishwakarma was trying to extinguish the fire, there was a blast in the transformer, and he was thrown out and died due to grievous head injuries. The train was reportedly running at 80-100 kmph when the smoke appeared.
Some railway sources also speculate that the smoke caused suffocation and Vishwakarma tried to save himself by stepping out of the cabin and was thrown out. None of the passengers were injured as loco pilot Bramhe applied the brakes to stop the train. Loco pilot DL Bramhe also suffered injuries and burns but is said to be out of danger. He has been admitted to a hospital at Dhamangaon.
Railway officials said only an inquiry by safety and the electrical department would be able to reveal the exact cause of the fire. The stricken engine has been sealed and parked at Dhamangaon station siding. The damaged engine was replaced by a spare summoned from Wardha, and the train moved onward after nearly three hours. Due to the mishap, at least 10 trains were delayed between 20 minutes and 2 hours.
May 03, 2018
Mumbai: A fire broke out at a commercial complex in the Todi Mill Compound in Lower Parel area here today, a fire brigade official said.No casualty or injury was reported in the mishap.
The premises in central Mumbai primarily houses offices and eateries and is located opposite to the Kamala Mills Compound, where 14 people were killed in a deadly blaze on December 28 last year.
The fire brigade control room received a call about the blaze erupting from some commercial structures in the Todi Mill Compound at 11.04 am, the official said.Four fire fighting engines were immediately pressed into service to douse the flames, he said.
“The fire was controlled and extinguished within an hour and no one was injured in the incident,” he said.
The exact cause of the fire and loss of property will be ascertained after a thorough investigation into the incident, the official said.The Mumbai police also rushed its personnel to help in dousing the flames.
“Yes a fire broke out at Todi Mills. Fire brigade as well as @MumbaiPolice staff is on the spot. No casualties reported so far,” the Mumbai police said in a tweet.
Source: Free Press Journal
The Kamala Mills fire killed 14 and injured 55 others on December 29. (HT file photo)
May 03, 2018
Two years after appointing more than 100 officers to inspect fire safety in structures across the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now sought legal opinion to check if they are qualified for the position as per the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006. As per the Act, a fire officer should have a certificate of fire prevention course from the State Fire Academy, Government of Maharashtra, before appointment.
These nominated officers are tasked with conducting inspections to ensure fire compliance of establishments and issue fire no objection certificates (NOCs).Documents accessed by HT revealed that BMC is unsure of the nominated officers’ qualifications and sought legal opinion to determine whether they can continue to hold the positions, even if they do not have the required course certificate.
I A Kundan, additional municipal commissioner, said, “We have sought legal opinion and the appointment of nominated officers is valid. We will proceed with further directions very soon.”
The Fire Brigade Officers Association (FBOA) has pointed out to the administration that none of the 119 nominated officers have completed the course.Prakash Devdas, president of the association, said, “New fire officials were not appointed and the old staff was given the additional work of inspection, without considering the requirement of qualification. Alongside attending fire calls, the staff is now burdened with compliance work as well.”
Currently, the Fire NOC has to be granted jointly by fire officer, health officer and building-factory engineers of the concerned BMC ward. Fire officers alleged that this norm is not followed.
Civic officials said that nominated officers are reluctant to take on additional responsibility.“Fire officers are being made a scapegoat. In case of a tragic incident, the fire officials are blamed, whereas officials from the ward are equally responsible to ensure fire safety,” said one of the nominated officers.
A major fire gutted two high-end restaurants, Mojo’s Bistro and 1Above, at Kamala Mills compound in Lower Parel on December 29, killing 14 people. The fire probe report stated that flying embers from a charcoal sigree, used to serve hookahs, came in contact with the curtain and were the main cause of the blaze. Officials from the BMC and MFB were arrested for failing to perform their duties.
April 30, 2018
NEW DELHI: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) images of the past ten days show large parts of India are dotted with fires, stretching across Uttar Pradesh (UP), Madhya Pradesh (MP), Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and even some southern states. In sweltering summer, these fires are intensifying heat and causing black carbon (a component of soot with high global warming effect) pollution.
Some of these dots may be forest fires but Hiren Jethva, research scientist, Universities Space Research Association (USRA) at Nasa Goddard Space Flight Center, says fires in central India may be mostly crop fires as forest fires are usually uncontrolled and, therefore, produce more smoke and haze.
Agricultural scientists are linking the massive rise in the incidence of crop fires in recent years to the dependence of farmers on combine harvesters, which leave a short stubble behind. The practice of crop stubble burning is not limited to the northern states of Haryana and Punjab, where the problem is rampant.
While burning of paddy stubble has been a common practice among farmers since it is unsuitable as fodder, increasing incidence of wheat stubble burning is a relatively new trend. States with crop fires seen in Nasa maps have a dominant rice-wheat cropping system. There are two choices of harvesting for farmers—manual or by combine harvester. But with acute shortage of labour, combine harvesters are turning out to be the quickest and cheapest mode of harvesting and preparing the soil for paddy.
"I suspect that the use of combine harvesters is increasing across the country. During my research, I found that the single most important determinant of burning crop residue is the use of combine harvesters. Farmers just find it cheaper to burn residue than to clear it manually by employing labour. I also suspect that farmers are finding it harder to maintain animals or that fodder practices have changed, leading to farmers burning off even wheat residue. But this requires to be backed by research," says Ridhima Gupta, assistant professor at Indian Institute for Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal, who studied the economics of farm fires in Punjab. During her research, she found that using manual labour is twice as expensive as using a harvester.
According to Ridhima, crop stubble burning accounts for nearly 14 per cent of the country's black carbon emissions.
The highest number of fires is being seen in MP. About 10 farmers have already been detained this year in Sehore for burning wheat stubble that spread fire to nearby farms. Earlier in April, flames from stubble fire spread on almost 1,500 ha in Harda and Betul districts. A woman in the state died after catching fire in a farm.
State's junior agriculture minister Balkrishna Patidar tells TOI, "We have been asking farmers to not burn crop residue as it is harmful not only for themselves, but also for the soil and environment. Still, the practice continues."
There is no official data linking increase in combine harvester use with crop fires. But the Economic Survey 2018 highlights how farm mechanization has increased tremendously. In 1960-61, about 93 per cent of farm power was from animate sources, which has reduced to 10 per cent now. Mechanical and electrical sources have increased from 7 percent to 90 percent.
"Multiple cropping and shortened cropping intervals leave little time to prepare for the next crop. It is too expensive to hire labour to clear stubble left behind by harvesters. Rural economy cannot absorb straw anymore for roofing of houses or granaries. Low commercial and economic value coupled with high costs of processing of residue reduce its usefulness for farmers. Burning it is cheaper and easier," adds Anumita Roy Chowdhury, executive director, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).
April 30, 2018
MUMBAI: A fire broke out in a flat of a 18-storey building in Mira Road’s Kashimira on Monday evening.Interior work was underway in a flat located on the 14th floor of Raj Estate, Jari Mari Talav, Kashimira.
Fire fighters said that a short circuit is believed to have caused the fire.
Labourers working in the flat managed to run to safety. As the smoke spread to the upper floors, residents managed to run out of the building. No injury has been reported so far.
April 27, 2018 (Representative Image)
MUMBAI: A sleeping zari worker died in a fire that erupted around 2 am on Thursday while his colleague, awakened by the heat and smoke, escaped the mezzanine-floor garment unit where the two worked and lived in Khotwadi, Santacruz (west).
The dead man, Jayesh, and his co-worker, Mahesh, were identified only by their first names. Mahesh sustained minor burns and was taken to hospital by neighbors, who also called the fire brigade. No one realized that Jayesh was trapped inside.
April 25, 2018
Fire broke out in a house on Wednesday in Laxmi Niwas building located near Thane. One fire tender with only one rescue vehicle is there on the spot. The firefighters are further working on the spot to help people.
Exact reason as to what triggered the blaze was not ascertained.
This will be the second incident in the city. Earlier today, a massive fire broke out in a chemical factor in Belapur, Mumbai. The massive blaze devastated the entire factory and building. A total of 12 fire tenders rushed to the fire spot to rescue the people and to extinguish the flames.
According to reports, the fire razed over four other factories situated near the building and crores of rupees have been destroyed due to the fire.
April 25, 2018
A fire broke out in a chemical company in Navi Mumbai’s Khairne MIDC area and spread rapidly to four other factories in the area in the wee hours of Wednesday. Police sources said at least three people were rushed to hospital with burn injuries, but there is no confirmation of any fatalities. The blaze is said to have razed four of the companies to the ground and destroyed property worth crores of rupees.
The affected companies, identified as Alma, Vaishnavi, Naralabs, Proton and Naik Environment, are located along Thane-Belapur Road. The raging fire could be seen for miles and there were frequent sounds of explosions, officials and eyewitnesses said.
“The fire broke out shortly after 2 am at Alma. We rushed the MIDC fire brigades to the spot first, and called fire engines from Vashi, Airoli, CBD Belapur, and Panvel,” said an MIDC fire officer, who did not wish to be named. “As the fire spread to other companies, fire engines from Mumbai and Thane were also called in, as well as from Reliance.”
By 6 am, the blaze had completely razed four companies, and fire-fighting was underway at Naik Environment. The fire is under control, but cooling operations are expected to take several more hours before which officials cannot enter the properties to check for fatalities and damages.
The cause of the fire is not yet known, the fire official said.
APRIL 23, 2018
Civic body aims to prevent panic at the disaster site, maintain transparency
If there is a fire or disaster in your area and you are wondering how long it will take for the fire engines to reach you, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will now inform you about their progress.
A complainant calling the BMC disaster management unit will now have to submit his phone number so that the BMC can update him how many fire engines have been dispatched when they are expected to reach and the time of the fire being doused. The civic body hopes that this will prevent panic at the disaster site.
Bridging info gap
“When there is any disaster, all stakeholder agencies get a message from the disaster management unit. We realized that people are also stakeholders. They also deserve to know as they are the ones who inform us. That is why we will inform the complainant,” said I.A. Kundan, Additional Municipal Commissioner, in charge of disaster management.
Locals often allege that the Fire Brigade reaches late. In turn, the Fire Brigade claims that they were not alerted early enough, and they reached as soon as possible. This problem can be prevented, as the complainant will have the time of the call and expected time of arrival of the fire engines.
The BMC is upgrading its disaster management unit and has introduced several new measures ahead of the monsoon. Authorities have also come up with a standard operating procedure for the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Fire Brigade, as the two are sometimes at loggerheads over handling a disaster. It is undertaking maintenance works at its automated weather stations and plans to introduce the SMS facility as a part of these works. The BMC has invited bids for these works and has shortlisted a contractor.
Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and State Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam will unveil the Fire Brigade’s mini fire engines and control post vehicles on Monday. The mini fire engines, which will prove useful in firefighting operations in narrow lanes and hazardous situations, have been in the offing for a while now.
The Fire Brigade’s firefighting robots will also be inducted into service this year. The idea is to prevent loss of personnel during operations in dilapidated buildings such as Gokul Niwas in Kalbadevi, where four officials lost their lives.
Source: The Hindu
April 21, 2018
Mumbai: A fire broke out at a showroom in Premson House opposite Breach Candy Hospital in Bhulabhai Desai Road on Friday. The fire was brought under control by the fire department and no casualties were reported in the incident. According to the fire brigade, it was a level 2 fire that took place around 2.30 pm.
As per fire officials, the fire was confined to two to three shops on the first floor of a ground and upper single-storeyed structure. The fire was reportedly originated at Adornica store located on the first floor. The entire area was said to be smoke logged. Residents of Bhulabhai Desai Road informed FPJ that short circuit may have been the cause of the fire.
Many Mumbaikars faced problems as the vehicular traffic was disrupted due to the fire. Chirag Shah, a Twitter user, wrote, “Avoid traveling from Worli towards Peddar road or Tardeo area bottleneck traffic because of massive fire broke out near warden road breach candy area, roads have been shut completely…”
The traffic continued for around two hours after the fire was doused at 4:30 pm. Worli Sea Face was absolutely jammed because of the fire and people had to shed an extra hour on the journey. Shruti Padsalgikar, another Twitter user wrote, “Fire brigade stuck… heavy traffic on Bhulabhai Desai Road towards Breach Candy hospital. Sirens on but no place to move.”
Bhulabhai Desai Road is a shopping destination in South Mumbai and is usually frequented by a number of people. There is also a leading hospital where people come for doctor visits, especially in the evenings.
Meanwhile, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, on Thursday, had conducted a fire drill opposite the spot where the fire broke out. “Ironically, the fire brigade is conducting building-to-building fire drills in the area to educate people on how to handle and use a fire extinguisher,” said a Breach Candy resident.
Source: Free Press Journal
April 19, 2018
Mumbai gutting all the furniture on Thursday afternoon. Luckily, no one was injured in the mishap as before the fire could spread, eight people, including the customers and the staff, had escaped from the hotel.
The fire spread after a gas leakage on Thursday at 2.30pm in the Dombivli Darbar Hotel situated inside Shram Safalya building at Mahatma Phule Road near Dombivli station.
According to the fire officer, during the fire, three customers and five staff were inside the hotel, but they managed to come out before the fire could spread. As the fire spread, a scared resident living inside the building came out.
The owner of hotel Rajesh Deshmukh said, "The fire took place due to gas leakage but all are safe".
April 19, 2018
Thane: Around 2,000 students were evacuated safely after a fire broke out in the basement of a school in Brahmand area here this morning.
No one was injured in the incident, said chief fire officer of the Thane Municipal Corporation, Shashikant Kale.
However, a notice has been issued to the school, Universal High School, seeking to know if it had the permission to use the basement and whether it had complied with fire safely rules, he said.
The basement, where computer and some other classes were conducted, was completely gutted in the fire, he said.The fire broke out around 9 AM, and prima facie an electric spark seemed to have started it, he said.
Firemen and personnel of the Regional Disaster Management Cell ensured that fire was doused within an hour, and in the meanwhile around 2,000 students were safely taken out of the school building, he said.
Source: Free Press Journal
Approximately 25% of the fire brigade’s total expense over three years was spent on technological advancement.
April 19, 2018
After a fire in a building at Kalbadevi killed four senior fire officials in May 2015, the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) spent Rs59 crore on new equipment for firefighting.
An RTI (Right to Information) application filed by activist Anil Galgali revealed that the fire brigade has acquired upgraded equipment and quick response vehicles worth Rs59 crore.
According to the RTI response, 22 light portable pumps, 35 LED emergency lights, six fire engines and five high pressure pumps were purchased within three years. This cost the fire brigade Rs8.7 crore. The quick response vehicles and water tankers cost the fire brigade Rs50.3 crore.
A senior fire official in charge told HT that after the Kalbadevi fire, a fact-finding committee stated that the fire brigade ought to upgrade its technology.
“One of the major problems that needed to be addressed was accessing the fire through narrow lanes. So, we have also gotten 17 quick response vehicles and 11 water tankers with a capacity of 14 kilolitres each,” said the official.
Approximately 25% of the fire brigade’s total expense over three years was spent on technological advancement.
The civic body has set aside Rs180.6 crore for the fire brigade expenses for the year 2018-19.
17 April, 2018
MUMBAI: Two garments godowns were today gutted in a major fire in suburban Kurla in Mumbai, a Fire official said.
No casualty is reported in the mishap so far and efforts are on to put out the flames.The godowns are located in a ground plus three structure in Gulab Shah market in Kurla (west).
Eight fire engines and water tankers have been mobilized to douse the blaze.
"Our fire brigade control got information about the blaze in a shop at 9. 18 PM, following which fire brigade personnel and firefighting teams were rushed to the spot," said Mumbai fire brigade chief said P S Rahangdale.
He said the fire was confined to the godowns.The exact cause of the blaze cannot be known immediately.
Bhanu Farsan Factory File photo of Bhanu farsan factory
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is on a special inspection drive on Khairani Road, Sakinaka with regards to fire safety compliance in the industrial units. The drive started on April 11 and till now the officers have inspected 1,500 industrial units of which 150 were found violating fire safety norms and are prosecuted.
The inspection drive is undertaken considering the frequent fire incidents on Khairani road in last four months. It was in December 2017 when the fire broke in Bhanu farsan factory in the locality which killed 12 people.
"Since December 2017 three major fire incidents have taken place in the industrial units on Khairani Road and in entire Kurla, Sakinaka area (L ward) 25 minor fires are reported. Since April 11, we inspected 1,500 units of which 150 are prosecuted and from 90 units we have confiscated all the goods stored. We have communicated to Chief Fire Officer to seal the industrial units which were found violating fire safety norms", said Assistant Municipal Commissioner, Ajitkumar Ambi. The violators will have to pay fine ranging from Rs 5,000 to 50,000, he added.
Ambi said, "It is observed that maximum fire incidents on Khairani Road are in farsan, bakery shops, laundry units where coal is used and units which carries aluminum melting work. Accordingly, we have categorized the industrial units where inspections are carried".
Khairani road in Sakinaka is majorly covered with industrial units of which many do not hold required licensees from BMC to carry out the commercial activities and also does have clearances from Mumbai Fire Brigade. Many of the units are found stored excessive amount of combustible materials including gas cylinders, chemicals, oil etc resulting high risk to cause the fire.
MUMBAI: While the city reported major blazes and building crashes that claimed scores of lives in 2017-18, the total number of distress calls to the fire brigade was the lowest in nearly a decade. The fire brigade received 15,361 calls last year, down from 15,704 in 2016-17 and 17,020 the year before.
However, the number of calls about house collapse has gone up by nearly 40% in the last two years— from 242 in 2015-16 to 334 last year. In 2016-17, the city reported as many as 314 calls about house collapse. Last July, 17 people lost their lives when four-story Siddhi Sai Apartments in Ghatkopar (w) crashed, while the very next month, 33 people were killed as 117-year-old Hussain building crashed in Pakmodia street.
Last financial year also saw major fires in the city, including a major blaze at two eateries in Kamala Mills, which killed 14 people. There were also major fires at Garib Nagar slum near Bandra railway station in which 300 shanties were charred, and a blaze at RK Studios in Chembur, which left the famous structure severely damaged. In fact, the first few weeks of January saw a fire almost every other day. And in the early hours of January 4, four of a five-member family died after a fire broke out in their flat in Maimoon Manzil building in Marol. However, the total number of calls about fire went down by 2% compared to 2016-17, and nearly 8% if one compares with 2015-16.
According to Mumbai fire brigade’s records, the number of calls attended to by the fire brigade went down in the last two years (2016-18) compared to the previous seven years. It was in 2008-09, that the fire brigade received 15,167 calls, after which the numbers went on rising.
However, activists are skeptical about the fire brigade’s statistics. Bandra based activist and trustee of the NGO AGNI Shyama Kulkarni said, “We have been reading news about some blaze or another almost every day, so it’s very difficult to believe that the number of fire calls has reduced. The statistics don’t seem to be matching with the ground reality.”
Asked about this, chief fire officer PS Rahangdale attributed this drop in the total number of calls to an overall systematic planning by the force. “We have ensured upgrade of our force in a way wherein manpower skills has been further sharpened. Technologically we are upgrading ourselves through our command and control center which is in the making. We are also preparing ourselves for future challenges like purchasing the right firefighting equipment, like the fire-fighting robot or a vehicle to deal with chemical explosions. In fact, fires like that at Kamala Mills were like an eye opener for many and awareness for taking the right fire safety measures have grown,” Rahangdale said, adding that being such a complex city, there are still many challenges the city faces.
One of the major issues that keep the force on its toes is calls to rescue people stuck in danger. Last year, the forced received 5,324 such calls— or over 14 per day. And then there are also other distress calls, such as about animals or birds stuck in a tree or a building edge: they are not minor because fire department received 4,835 such calls last year— 30% of the total calls it received last year.
April 11, 2018
A fire broke out at Thane’s Viviana Mall early on Wednesday morning. Though no casualties have been reported and the fire was doused immediately, a lot of smoke had spread all over the mall.
The fire brigade has decided to close the mall for the public for today owing to security reasons. Viviana Mall is the largest and most popular mall in Thane.
The fire broke out in a storeroom near Cinepolis Multiplex on the second floor of the Mall, between 2 am to 3 am. The fire was doused by the fire brigade team, which included 6 fire engines, 6 water tankers and a Quick Response Vehicle (QRV) at the site.
“A fire broke out in the storeroom of a multiplex due to short circuit, which immediately got detected by the mall's fire alert systems. The fire was brought under control by the mall’s internal fire safety team and Thane's fire brigade team immediately. No casualties have been reported."
"The fire was doused by around 7 am, however, smoke spread all over the mall. The smoke was later removed with the help of a smoke exhauster. Further inspection work will be on and as the mall is wet, it will be closed today. We have also kept one fire engine under observation for the next six hours," said Shashikant Kale, chief fire officer, Thane Municipal Corporation.
April 10, 2018 (Representative Image)
KALYAN: Five people, two of them minors, were injured grievously in a fire sparked by leakage in a cooking gas cylinder at a godown in Kalyan on Monday afternoon. Three of them have more than 50% burn injuries and in a critical condition.
An official from Khadakpada police station said that some people were preparing food when the cylinder exploded, sparking the blaze.
Three of the injured-Poojan Rajbhar, Suraj Gupta, and Nandlal Gupta-suffered more than 50% injuries. All five were first admitted to Rukminibai Hospital in Kalyan and were later shifted to Thane's Central hospital.
April 6, 2018
MUMBAI: A fire broke out in a building in Mumbai's Pydhonie area on Friday early morning, a fire official said.
The blaze broke out on the second and third floor of the building in Pydhonie area.14 fire engines and 10 water tankers were rushed to the spot to contain the blaze.
The fire has been doused and the situation is now control, he said.
April 5, 2018
A fire broke out at a bag and leather shop outside the busy Crawford Market area in South Mumbai on Thursday afternoon. It was the second fire-related mishap reported in the city today.
According to preliminary information, the fire broke out at ‘United Leather Works’ (Shop 555) located outside Crawford Market at Lokmanya Tilak Marg, Dhobi Talao near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) area in Fort. The shop deals in a variety of bags and imported luggage.
The mishap took place around noon today and the fire department was alerted immediately after.Fire officials reached the spot with two fire tenders to control the blaze. Traffic police are also on the spot to control the traffic situation.
The fire is suspected to have caused due to a short circuit, although a final confirmation from the fire department is awaited.No casualties were reported in the incident. A major portion of the shop, however, has been gutted.Firefighting was underway as of 1 pm and traffic police were trying to control the large crowd that has gathered outside the spot. Further details are awaited.
Source: Local Press
April 5, 2018
A massive fire broke out at a godown in Wajid Ali Compound in Mumbai’s Saki Naka area on Thursday afternoon.According to preliminary information, the fire broke out at a godown inside Wajid Ali Compound located on 90 Feet Road in Tilak Nagar, Saki Naka.
The mishap took place around noon today, and the fire department was alerted immediately after.Fire officials reached the spot with ten fire tenders and more are likely to be pressed into service. Local police and an ambulance have also reached the spot.
The cause of the blaze is not known as a confirmation from the fire department is awaited.No casualties were reported in the mishap as of publishing this report. However, a major loss of property is estimated.
The fire has spread to two other godowns in the vicinity. Firefighters are trying to control the blaze in all three godowns as of 12:45 pm. There is a heavy police presence in the area. Further details are awaited.(2 pm) At least four godowns were gutted in the fire, which was finally brought under control by 1:15 pm.
Mumbai police confirmed that everyone was evacuated safely and that the blaze did not result in any casualties.
Source: Local Press
April 02, 2018
A major fire broke out in an oil storage godown in Bhiwandi and spread rapidly, burning down nine other godowns, early on Monday. At least 10 godowns where oil and tyres are stored in Shree Ganesh Compound at Gundawali village in Bhiwandi have been charred, officials confirmed. The spot is around 31km from Mumbai.
Six fire tenders from Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi and Thane are currently fighting to douse the fire.
“The fire has spread to several godowns, so it is difficult to douse it completely soon. Our officials are working at the site,” said a fire officer from Bhiwandi, who did not wish to be named.
Officials said property to the tune of Rs 1 crore has got damaged, as per initial estimates. “No people were caught or hurt in the blaze as it started early morning,” the official said.
“Locals called the fire brigade as soon as they noticed the fire,” said Amar Shaikh, who works in one of the godowns. “There are several godowns in the area. Most of them store highly inflammable items such as oil and tyres.”
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
April 02, 2018
A minor fire broke at Laxmi Industrial estate on Monday morning when two shops caught fire. Three fire tenders rushed to spot to douse the fire. Laxmi Industries is the hub of many offices and it is located in the densely populated area of Andheri.
The fire raised alarm as hundreds of establishments are located in the vicinity.
The fire broke out at 11.41 am but no casualties were reported. And fire tenders and the ambulance rushed to spot as soon as they were made aware.
Source: Free Press Journal
March 26, 2018
Mumbai: A fire broke out at Mumbai’s Deonar dumping ground, the second such incident in this week. The Mumbai Fire Brigade has rushed four fire tenders to the spot. The fire department has stated that it is a minor fire but is taking all precautions since it is a sensitive area. Last week, a similar fire had broken out at the dumping ground. No casualties were reported in the incident.
In February 2016, massive fires at the Deonar dumping ground had pushed Mumbai’s air pollution levels into the 'dangerous' zone. The fire had raged on for over a week, enveloping areas around the landfill in thick smog. Ragpickers burning waste to retrieve valuables were held responsible. Due to the thick smoke that engulfed the area, residents in the vicinity had complained of commuting difficulties. In addition, they also complained of breathing difficulties due to the smog that enveloped the area as well as due to the stench coming from the landfill.
Earlier this month, the BMC tabled a proposal before the standing committee to build a boundary wall at a cost of Rs 8 crore to prevent such incidents, as per a report in the Times of India. The proposal is under consideration.
Source: Times Now
March 26, 2018
MUMBAI: A 15-month-old girl died while seven others were injured in a blaze at a slum in Thakkar Bappa Colony in Chembur on Sunday afternoon.
The deceased, Chandni, had suffered around 60% burns, said an official Officials from BMC’s disaster management cell said that one of the seven injured persons, Jagdish Jatoliya (45) had suffered, 70-80% burns and was was critical.All the injured have been admitted to Rajawadi hospital in Ghatkopar. Of the injured, four are children. The Mumbai fire brigade received a fire call around 1 pm and immediately sent two fire engines and one jumbo water tanker to the spot.
Though the cause of the blaze is yet to be established, officials said that a solution used for footwear repairs is likely to have caught fire. An official from the fire brigade said a huge amount of combustible material was found on the premises and that it caused the fire to spread rapidly.“The injured probably did not find the time to escape,” he said.
A doctor from Rajawadi hospital said, “The baby was critical from the time she was brought. One more patient is critical and we plan to shift him to Sion Hospital.”
March 25, 2018
MUMBAI: A fire erupted in the basement of a building at sakivihar road, near Chandivali Junction at Andheri East on Sunday.
The fire brigade said that they received a call around 12.16 pm about the blaze in Light hall building's C wing. It is said to be a ground plus six-storied structure. Eight fire engines, four jumbo water tanker, and an ambulance were rushed to the spot. No casualties have been reported so far in the incident.
"The fire was confined in the basement of the structure however smoke had spread very quickly," said a fire official.
March 22, 2018
A massive fire broke out in a slum near Takka village in Panvel, gutting at least 27 shanties in the early hours of Thursday. However, no one was injured in the incident. According to the fire brigade officials, the accident took place at Vaidu Wadi slum around 11.30 pm when most of the residents were sleeping.
“The fire started at Vaidu Wadi slum around 11.30 pm. Some of the residents raised an alarm after the fire broke. Their screams woke the others up, and the residents vacated their shanties,” said Sandhya Bawankule, deputy municipal commissioner of Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC).
“Fire brigade officials reached the spot within a few minutes. It took them around three hours to douse the blaze. After that, they started cooling operations,” Bawankule said. Anil Jadhav, the fire chief of the PCMC said that the fire broke out after some electric spark fell on one of the shanties.
“Four LPG cylinders kept inside those shanties exploded because of the fire. The explosions accelerated the spreading of the fire. Our officials however reached the spot on time and doused the fire efficiently,” he added.
March 21, 2018
MUMBAI: Four family members and one of their neighbour sustained serious burn injuries after a fire that started due to cylinder gas leak and a compressor of washing machine blasted at Chembur Camp in Chembur (West) on Wednesday evening.
Fire brigade officials said that the fire was confined in the ground floor structure house. They suspect that cylinder gas leakage caused the fire, engaging the washing machine kept nearby. Due to the blast, residents sustained serious injuries.
Disaster control room officials said that the injured were admitted into Sion Hospital for treatment. Civic officials stated that the incident occurred around 6pm, when the family members were in the house.Injured are identified as Subhash Kamble (69), Kiran Kamble (40), Manisha Kamble (34), Daksh Kamble (13) and Pooja Hinduja (40). Kiran and Manisha are critical.
March 19, 2018
Fire broke out in a godown at Maharashtra Compound in Govandi’s Baiganwadi area on Monday afternoon. Three workers in the godown have sustained minor injuries, officials with the disaster management department said.
“The three women jumped out of the building and saved themselves,” said a fire department official, who did not wish to be named. They have been taken to Rajawadi hospital for treatment.
The fire started around 1.25pm and engulfed the ground floor of the 10,000 sq ft godown. Within 15 minutes, fire department officials declared it to be a major fire. The godown was being used to store tiles and clothes.Twelve fire tenders and two water tankers were at the spot, officials added. The fire was brought under control by 3 pm and doused an hour later.
The cause of the blaze is not yet known.
17th March, 2018
MUMBAI: A fire broke out at a building in the defence area of Colaba in Mumbai this evening.
The building is located near Afghan Church in Colaba, South Mumbai. The fire is reported to started in the third floor of Assaye Building.
According to fire department officials, they were notified of the fire at 7.22 pm.Four fire engines and an equal number of water tankers have reached the site and are trying to control the fire.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials told news agency Press Trust of India that the required agencies had been mobilised. There are no reports of casualties so far.
The fire at Army office building in Colaba has been brought under control. No injuries have been reported. Damage due to the fire is being assessed in two office rooms, a Defence Ministry spokesperson told news.
March 14, 2018
Seven people were injured and some of them also suffered from suffocation when a fire broke out in a 16-storey residential building in suburban Kanjurmarg Wednesday morning, an official said. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s disaster control cell got an information about the fire on the ground floor in C-wing of the Royal Park building in Kanjurmarg at 8.07 am.
The fire brigade personnel reached the spot at 8.23 am. Four fire tenders and as many water tankers were also rushed to the spot. The flames were brought under control by 9.37 am, the official of the disaster control cell said.A few residents were trapped in the building for some time but they were later rescued by the firemen, he said.
Seven people suffered from injuries and suffocation. They were admitted to nearby hospitals where their condition was reported to be stable, the official said.A short-circuit in the power meter box on the ground floor was suspected to have caused the fire, he said.
The exact cause of the fire would be known after an investigation into the incident, he added.
Source: Indian Express
March 13, 2018
A fire broke out on the fifth floor of Samarth Arcade complex at Uthalsar in Thane on Tuesday. No one was injured.
Fire department officials evacuated seven patients and staff of a nursing home located on the first floor of the six-storey building. The fire started in a builder’s office which was completely burnt in the fire.Thane’s Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) brought the fire under control within 30 minutes.
“No one was injured, but we evacuated two patients, a two-day-old baby, two relatives of patients and two staff members of Prathamesh Nursing Home from the building’s first floor. It was just a precautionary measure. The nursing home was not affected,” said Santosh Kadam, in charge of RDMC.
“Builder Sanjay Bhalerao’s office was shut when the fire started. Smoke started billowing out of the window and people realised that there was a fire,” said Kadam. “The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.”
March 11, 2018
A major fire broke out on all sides of the Adharwadi dumping ground on Saturday evening, releasing thick smoke into the entire Kalyan (West) region. This is the second time this year the dumping ground has caught fire and the first time the entire ground caught fire from all sides. Earlier this week, on Tuesday night, the fire broke out in a small portion of the dump yard. However, it took around 15 hours for the fire officials to douse the fire as it penetrated inside the waste piled in the dump yard.
Soon after the fire was reported, two fire-tenders were initially rushed to the spot. As the blaze kept spreading, two more fire-tenders were added to the firefighting operation. Around 10 water tanks have been sent to the spot.“Due to strong wind, the fire has spread to all the four sides of the dumping ground. It is becoming very difficult to control the fire as it is spreading everywhere. We have pressed all our officials to the spot to work on dousing it,” said Dilip Gund, chief fire officer, Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC).
He added,” The cause of the fire is suspected to be heated in the atmosphere”.
Residents could view the entire six-acre dumping ground on fire from their terraces and balconies. They complained about thick smoke entering their houses leading to suffocation.“This is the first time it looks as if the entire dumping ground has caught fire. It looks scary as the fire is spreading throughout the dump yard. Thick smoke has covered the most of the areas in Kalyan (West). Smoke is entering our house, making it difficult to breathe,” said Sreeniwas Ghanekar, who lives near the dump yard at Agra Road, Kalyan (West).
March 9, 2018
Three unidentified bodies were found and several injured following a massive explosion in a chemical factory at Tarapur’s MIDC area in Maharashtra. “During the search operation, three unidentified dead bodies are found at Arti industries site. There may be more casualties. Search and rescue operation is going on,” Manjunath Singhe, Police superintendent of Palghar, said.
Singhe further said that the fire has come down, but few areas are still burning. “Six factories were affected by fire. Novaphene, Unimax, Prachi, Arti, Bharat Rasayan, Darbar. All chemical factories,” he added.The explosion triggered fires in at least five factory units nearby. Initial reports suggest a boiler containing industrial solvent burst under high temperature and pressure.
Revenue, police, fire, medical teams have been pressed into service. The entire area has been cordoned off as teams are trying their best to extinguish the fire.“The reverberations of the blast were strongly felt in 8-10 kilometre radius. Vibrations were felt till Palghar,” a police official from Boisar police station said. The impact of the blast shattered window panes in buildings as far as three kilometers away, including Boisar police station.
Source: Indian Express
March 06, 2018
MUMBAI: A massive fire broke out at a metal warehouse in Mumbai's Kalachowki area today, an official of the civic body's disaster management cell said. No casualty was reported in the incident so far.
After the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's control room got information about the blaze at the warehouse of Eastel Metal Company in the Kalachowki area at 11.54 am, 16 fire tenders and 12 jumbo water tankers were rushed to the spot, he said.
Residential buildings in the vicinity were alerted about the blaze, the official said, adding, "No causality has been reported so far."The cause of the fire would be ascertained after a proper inquiry, he said.
March 6, 2018
MUMBAI: As many as 295 fires have erupted in Mumbai since the devastating blaze in Kamala Mills Compound on December 28, according to official records of the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation released on Monday.Accessing the BMC data on all fires in the city in 60 days between December 29, 2017 and February 28, 2018, Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam said the figures clearly point at "negligence" on the part of the BMC and urged direct intervention of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the alarming matter.
"I have been constantly demanding a proper investigation into the Kamala Mills Compound fire of December 28, last year, in which 14 persons were killed, but that has not happened."Shockingly, now it is the BMC's own data on the number of fires since then has exposed its continuing casual approach which has made the country's commercial so unsafe," Nirupam said.
"The BMC's figures show that there were an average of around five fire incidents daily, many with fatalities, in the past 60 days since the December 28 blaze in the Kamala Mill Compound, totalling to a staggering 295. This stunning data proves that the fire department of the BMC has virtually gone 'defunct' now," he added sharply.
Worse, he said, was the fact that the civic body has not yet learnt its lessons from so many blazes and "Mumbaikars continue to live on a razor's edge" as the fire department is not interested in securing the lives of the people.Attacking the civic body ruled by the Shiv Sena, Nirupam pointed out that if proper and timely safety checks had been conducted, and if the BMC "was not as corrupt as it is", then such fires would not occur with such shocking regularity.
Questioning the efficiency of BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, the city Congress chief reiterated that the probe into the Kamala Mills Compound fire should be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)."Since it is being handled by the BMC Commissioner, how will the truth ever come out? We want to know if he will suppress the truth about that incident and hide the frequency of these fire incidents," he said.
Nirupam urged Fadnavis to immediately intervene into the matter and ensure that Mumbaikars are safe from such incidents.
Source: New Indian Express
March 03, 2018
MUMBAI: Massive fire broke out inside a chemical factory in Asalfa village in Ghatkopar, a central Mumbai suburb, between 11:45 pm and 12 am on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, reported news agency ANI. No casualties have yet been reported.
Eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot to bring the fire under control."The fire broke out between 11.45 pm to 12 am. The fire is still not under control.
One of our firemen has got some minor injuries, his treatment is being done," said Deputy fire officer Abhay Kale, who is present at the spot, reported news agency ANI.
February 28, 2018
A fire broke out here in Narayana Compound loom factory in the wee hours of Wednesday.Soon after reports of the fire spread, four fire engines were rushed to the spot, along with one water tank to douse the fire, which was reportedly available from a kilometer's distance.
A fire official stated that although the reason for the fire is yet to be ascertained, the situation is under control.While no causalities have been reported, millions of raw cloths including dozens of power loom machines, warping machines, and cloth threads were destroyed in the flame.
As part of rescue operations, nearly 50 people from a neighboring building were evacuated after they felt uneasiness in breathing due to the fumes.
February 23, 2018 (Image used for representational purpose)
MUMBAI: A fire broke in a chemical factory compound in suburban Jogeshwari last night but no casualties were reported, the local civic body said.
The blaze started at the chemical mill compound in suburban Jogeshwari at around 9.20 pm, said the Disaster Control Room of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Four fire engines were pressed into service to douse the flames, an official said.No casualties were reported in the incident, he said, adding the cause of the fire was not yet known.
This is the latest in a spate of fire incidents reported in the metropolis in the last two months.
February 22, 2018 (Image used for representational purpose)
MUMBAI: A major fire that broke out in Mumbai’s Goregaon on Wednesday has been doused.
The fire broke out at around 9:40 p.m. in a footwear factory at Kama Industrial Estate of Babulal Compound. Eight fire tenders were immediately rushed to the spot.
At the time of filing this report, the firefighters doused the flames and one person was rescued safely while another one suffered minor injuries, who were trapped inside the factory.
According to the preliminary investigation, the cause of the fire is said to be short circuit. No casualty has been reported so far.
February 19, 2018
Kolkata: Eastern Railway official on Monday said a major mishap was averted after the driver of the Toofan Express train detected a fire in the parcel coach and immediately detached it from the other bogies of the train. With only the parcel coach being affected, no casualties were reported to any passengers.
The coach was gutted in fire between Mugma and Thaparnagar stations of Asansol division of Eastern Railway, the official added. The 13007 Up Udayan Abha Toofan Express was travelling from Howrah to Shri Ganganagar when the fire was detected at around 4:10 pm. Bidyut Mondol, the driver of the train spotted the fire and stopped the train after which he immediately started taking safety measures.
The affected parcel van was separated from the other compartments and the engine. A separate engine was called in to take back the train to Mugma, from where it will proceed to its destination after lines are cleared, the official added.
February 15, 2018
A mother and daughter died after fire broke out in their building in Airoli in the early hours of Thursday.
The two victims in Airoli lived on the first floor of a row house in Sector 3, the police said, adding that the ground floor was occupied by a cosmetics shop, where the fire began. “The smoke filled their house on the first floor, and the women died of suffocation. They did not have any burn injuries,” said a police officer from Rabale police station, who did not wish to be named.
Three fire tenders were rushed to the spot, and firemen managed to douse the blaze in an hour, after which they found the two bodies.
The reason behind the fire is not yet known. “We suspect that a short circuit may have caused it. We are investigating the matter,” said another police officer, requesting anonymity.
February 15, 2018
A 20-year-old man died after a fire broke out in a three-storied building at Mittal Industrial Estate, on Mumba’s Andheri-Kurla road in early hours of Thursday.
The Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) recovered level II fire call around 1.15 am, which was brought under control by around 3.50 am. However, the cooling process is still going on.The deceased has been identified as Pradeep Vishwakarma and he was declared dead on arrival at Copper Hospital. He had received major burn injuries in the blaze.
According to a Mumbai Fire Brigade official, the fire was confined in 300 sq metre go down of ground plus three storied building. Plastic material and electrical wiring were gutted in the fire.
February 14, 2018
Fire broke out in a godown near Shil Phata, near Mumbra, a little after midnight on Tuesday. The flames spread rapidly within the godown because it was used to store inflammable plastic materials, and took more than two hours to douse, officials said. There have been no casualties.
Shil Phata is located around 29km from Mumbai city.
The Thane Municipal Corporation’s Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) received a call about the fire around 12.30am from locals living near the godown, which is located inside Khan Compound.“The workers staying beside the godown reported the fire. Within 20 to 25 minutes, the RDMC team reached the spot with four fire engines and four water tankers,” said Santosh Kadam from the RDMC.
“The godown was used to store plastic granules and the fire was huge, so it took two hours to douse it, after which cooling operations began and continued for 90 minutes,” Kadam said.
“The fire could have started because of a short circuit,” he added. The godown is spread over one and half acres of land, and was filled with plastic granules, which were cleared using JCBs and Quick Response Vehicles, which were called to the spot, to prevent the fire from spreading.
The police are now investigating to establish the source of the fire.
February 11, 2018
A shop in Mumbai’s Mankhurd, near Maya hotel, caught fire on Sunday morning. Sixteen fire tenders, eight water tanks, and one ambulance were rushed to the spot to douse the flames. According to the latest report, the fire has been controlled.
The fire was confined to scrap material in an area about 1000 x 800 sq ft.in around 50-60 galas. There are no reports of deaths or injuries as of now, said Disaster Management Unit, adding that it was a level three fire. According to the report, flames have spread to nearby godowns and items like plastic drums, packing material, electric wiring, wooden furniture and chemical stock fanned the flames.
Assistant Commissioner Ward officer was instructed to demolish the unauthorized structure and was directed to lodge an FIR against the illegal structure and cut of electric supply to DMCR.
Source: Indian Express
February 08, 2018 (Picture for representation)
MUMBAI: Fire broke out in a building in suburban Mumbai's Malad this morning, leaving two residents injured, civic officials said. "Our fire control room got a call about flames emanating from flat number 601 of Sai Sadan building in Malad (West) at 6:44 am. Fire brigade personnel were immediately sent to the spot," said an official from the disaster management unit of the Mumbai civic body BMC.
"Our personnel reached the spot and doused the flames. They found two injured residents of the building and shifted them to a nearby hospital in Malwani," he added.
The injured, Nilofer Sheikh (32) and Ikra (6), are now stable, the official said, adding the cause of the blaze is still unknown. The building was developed by the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority, a state-run housing body.
February 07, 2018
MUMBAI: A major fire broke out in a cloth mill at the Italian Industrial Estate near Oberoi mall in suburban Mumbai's Goregaon this morning, an official said.
No injury or casualty has been reported so far in the blaze which broke out on the ground floor of the three-storey building located in the industrial estate on Mulund Link Road, he said.The fire brigade control room received information about it around 7:19 am, an official of Mumbai's civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's disaster management unit said.
Eight fire engines along with water tankers and ambulance rushed to the spot. Efforts were on to douse the flames, he said.Officials said the cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained and further details are still awaited.
February 03, 2018
MADURAI: HIGHLIGHTS 1. Fire started at a toy shop inside the thousand pillar hall around 10 pm 2. It took 60 fire personnel about five hours to contain the blaze No human loss or injury reported, probe ordered into the incident 3. A major fire broke out at Tamil Nadu's Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple complex last night. More than 30 shops were gutted in the fire. The fire officials say that the fire started at a toy shop inside the thousand pillar hall near the east tower of the temple around 10 pm.
It took 60 fire personnel about five hours to contain the fire. A fire and rescue officer said, "Police is investigating the cause of the fire. "There is no human loss or injury. However, many pigeons that had made the temple tower their home perished in the fire.
Madurai collector Veera Raghava Rao told NDTV that the temple has been reopened for devotees. "The fire was controlled before it spread to the main temple area. We've ordered a probe," he said. Devotees say there were no fire extinguishers or fire safety systems in the temple. The incident was waiting to happen amid demands to remove shops from the temple complex.
Mr Rao added, "There's no modern fire safety system with sprinklers installed at the temple. However, we have a dedicated fire engine stationed in the complex."
February 04, 2018
Mumbai: A fire broke out at an industrial estate in suburban Mulund late on Saturday night with officials of the BMC Disaster Control Room stating that fire-fighting operations were currently underway.
A Control Room official said that the there were no reports of injuries to anyone, adding that eight fire engines and an equal number of water tankers had been deployed to douse the fire.
"The fire erupted at some industrial shops in Shanti Agency in Mulund West around 9 pm. The cause of the fire is not yet known," an official said.
Meanwhile, in neighbouring Thane, firefighters continued their efforts to bring under control a raging fire at a godown in Bhiwandi's Mankoli Naka area.
Fire teams from Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, Badlapur, and Kalyan were engaged in the fire operations since 3 am on Saturday, officials said.
There are no casualties, officials said, adding that it could take some more time to douse the flames.
February 2, 2018
A fire broke out in one of the coaches of a suburban train at Dadar Railway Station in Mumbai on Friday evening, thus causing inconvenience to thousands of Central Railway commuters. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Disaster Management unit said that the fire, which broke out around 9:30 pm, had been doused and there were no injuries to any commuter.
A Central Railway spokesperson said that the fire emanated underneath one of the coaches and it was possibly a case of brake binding, a technical problem where the brake gets jammed, leading to friction, fire and smoke.He added that three trains moving towards the suburbs were affected and they had to be diverted to the fast line between Byculla and Kurla.
According to the Chief public relations officer of the Central Railway, the coach which caught fire was a rake made by BHEL.
“There was a minor fire which was immediately brought under control. The coach was empty. The down slow traffic was diverted to down fast line.,” he said. “The train was cleared in 10 minutes and down slow traffic will also be restored on its normal path,” he added.
Source: Indian express
January 27, 2018
MUMBAI: A fire broke out at a factory in Mumbai's Goregaon East area early on Saturday. The fire started at Kama Industrial Estate on Wallbert Road and spread to a structure used as a factory.
The cause of the fire has not been ascertained yet. At least 15 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to contain the blaze.
According to latest reports, the fire has been doused and no casualties have been reported in the incident.
January 22, 2018 (Picture for representation)
The fire started in an empty structure in the estate around 1am and was brought under control by 5.12 am on Monday.(Picture for representation)
A massive fire broke out at Mistry industrial estate in Marol, Andheri (East), early Monday morning. There were no casualties, but two firefighters - Jagdish Bangar, 30, and Vilas Chari, 52 - suffered minor injuries and were taken to Cooper hospital and discharged after treatment.
Fire department officials said eight fire engines, six jumbo tankers and one ambulance was dispatched to the spot.They added that the fire started in an empty structure in the estate around 1am and was brought under control by 5.12 am. Around 10,000 square feet of the industrial building is reported to have been affected.
Chief fire officer PS Rahangdale said, “The fire was confined to the electric wiring, moulding machines, plastic, boiler, cartons, documents and waste material in the manufacturing unit.”V Panigrahi, deputy chief fire officer, said, “The godown adjacent to the structure has burnt down. Its tin roof collapsed completely, hence there was no smoke.”
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
January 22, 2018 (Representational Image)
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s fire department had served notices to 4,732 housing societies for flouting fire safety norms from January 2015 to December 2017. It can even prosecute violators if they fail to comply with the rules within a stipulated time. The department has so far prosecuted 27 of these societies.
“However, most of them comply soon after receiving notices to avoid penalty. We have prosecuted only 27 since 2015 and the cases are still in the court,” said chief fire officer PS Rahangdale.
Under the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006, non-compliance to fire safety norms within 120 days of receiving notices could mean heavy fines ranging from Rs20,000 to Rs50,000. If a violator does not take remedial measures, he has to pay a fine of Rs3,000 daily, or face imprisonment up to three years, depending on the extent of violation.
Swapnalok Tower in Malad (E), which is a fire compliant complex, conducts fire drills for its residents and staff twice a year. “We check electric appliances, passageways, fire safety equipment and water tank regularly. After receiving a notice for blocking a staircase, we cleared the space immediately. Mumbai citizens do not realise that the cost of fire damage is higher than the cost of prevention measures,” said SV Gupta, secretary of the building.
The fire brigade will soon introduce a new software — Building Inspection System — which will keep an eye on whether buildings are fire compliant.
January 19, 2018
Around 150 people were evacuated after fire broke out in a 26-storey residential building in Thane city on Friday afternoon. No one was injured.
The building, Giriraj Heights at Hari Niwas, is home to late Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Vasant Davkhare’s family, who were among the residents rescued. Just a few hours before the fire broke out, former chief minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had visited the Davkhares. “The fire started in the electric duct between the third and fourth floors and went up to the 26th floor,” said Shashikant Kale, chief fire officer of Thane fire department.
Eight fire engines were rush to the spot. “There was more smoke than fire. We doused it within an hour and rescued 150 people safely,” he said. Kale said only two residents had been allowed to remain inside the building — a patient who is on ventilator and his relative. “They are safe on the terrace, and our officers are with them,” he said. Cooling operations have begun, and there are no casualties, Kale added.
Niranjan Davkhare, MLC, and son of the late NCP leader, was on the 25th floor with his family when the fire started. His wife Neelima was not at home. Her sister Shabana Mohammed, who was there, said: “Suddenly, there was a lot of smoke inside the house; we could hardly see anything. We were scared as our eyes started burning and we felt dizzy. But soon, firemen came and guided us out through the fire exit. We climbed down 25 floors.”
January 19, 2018
MUMBAI: A major fire broke out at Navrang Studio in Mumbai's Lower Parel, near Todi Mills around 1 am on Friday."A fireman Dinesh Patil, 26, has been injured during fire fighting operations and was rushed to Nair Hospital. His condition is stable now," said officials.The fire which broke out on early hours of Friday is now under control.
Navrang Studio is an old and unoccupied building structure. Initial report suggests that no one is trapped inside the structure. Fire officials stated that they are facing difficulties to reach the building. Firefighters stationed themselves at close by industrial estate buildings from where they are pouring water to control the fire.
Fire brigade deployed 8 fire engines in the firefighting operation and trying to ensure that it should not spread to nearby structures.
January 17, 2018
One compartment of an empty 12-coach train, parked at the yard near Thane railway station, caught fire around 1.45am on Wednesday. Nobody was injured. “Fire engines from Jawahar Baugh, Kopri, Panchpakhadi and Wagle Estate were sent to the site, along with a quick response vehicle,” said Arun Raut, fire officer.
Santosh Kadam, disaster management control officer, Thane Municipal Corporation, said it took 30 minutes to douse the fire. “Getting the fire engines close to the station was challenging, as the flyover is low. We used an alternative route, B-Cabin Road, which is jam-packed during the day, but was thankfully empty that night,” Kadam said. Officials are now trying to establish the cause of the blaze. Kadam said it is likely that a short circuit sparked the fire. “The train was parked after completing its last journey of the day. It’s likely that overheating caused a short circuit,” he said.
Railway officials have not ruled out the role of miscreants. “A committee of senior officers headed by a safety officer will conduct an inquiry into the incident,” said SK Jain, divisional railway manager, CR.
Thane station sees 6.81 lakh commuters daily. It was, however, was empty when fire broke out, making it easier for officials to limit the damage.
January 13, 2018
MUMBAI: A fire broke out on Saturday at the ceremonial lounge of the domestic terminal of Mumbai Airport, officials said.No casualty was reported in the blaze caused by a short circuit that was doused by 4.20 pm.
"The fire started at a ground floor conference hall and spread to the first floor of a lounge near the airport's gate number 9," an official said.
An official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)'s Disaster Control Room said the blaze started in the afternoon and fire brigade personnel rushed to the site along with eight fire engines, six jetties and water jets.
Electric installations, furniture and the ceiling were gutted in the fire, he said."The fire did not hamper flight operations. Nobody was harmed in the incident," they added.
January 9, 2018
MUMBAI: Three fire incidents were reported on Tuesday from across the city from the midnight till morning. At 12.06am on Tuesday, a fire erupted at Shukla Chawl at Reay Road. Six fire engines and water tankers were rushed to the spot. The fire was brought under control only two hours later around 2.03am.
Meanwhile, on early Tuesday morning, a fire erupted in a hotel at Dadar near Sarvodhay Bhavan. The fire brigade received a call about the incident at 6.24pm.
In another blaze, a fire erupted at Juhu Tara Road in a residential apartment. However, disaster management officials said it was a minor fire controlled on time.
January 8, 2018
MUMBAI: A fire erupted on the third floor of the sessions court building on Monday morning. The fire broke out at 7 am in the session's court, which is located near the Mumbai University campus in south Mumbai. Four fire engines and water tankers along with an ambulance were immediately rushed to the spot. Civic officials said that the fire started from the third-floor court room and kept spreading rapidly.
The roof of the court is said to have been damaged in the incident. Local Shiv Sena corporator Sujata Sanap said that since it was dark as electrictrical equipment were switched off, firefighting was a challenge for fire officials. "However they were trying hard to ensure that none of the documents were damaged in the fire. Wooden furniture in the room, as well as the roof, have been damaged," she said.
January 06, 2018
MUMBAI: A massive fire that broke out at Cinevista studio in east central Mumbai this evening has been brought under control. Eight fire engines and six water tankers had been rushed to the studio, located in Kanjurmarg.At the time of the incident, two TV serials were being shot at the studio - Bepanaah, and Haasil. All actors and crew members exited the studio and are reported to be safe. The fire department says it received a call at 8:07 pm and the fire engines reached the spot at 8:25 pm.
The blaze, according to preliminary reports, started at a generator in the studio. It was reported to be a level 3 fire, which calls for immediate evacuation and access only to firefighters. Located in a five-acre property, the Cinevista studio has over 30 shooting locations.
January 5, 2018
MUMBAI: Four of a five-member family died after sustaining serious burns in a blaze at Maimoon Manzil building in Marol. The chartered accountant, Abbas Kapasi, who owned the flat, lost his wife, two children and father.
It was his son Moiz (10) who first noticed the blaze and informed Abbas. But as soon as Abbas ran out of the flat to seek help, the door banged shut. Moiz might have run back to his mother. By the time the fire brigade and cops broke into the flat, charred bodies of Abbas' wife Tasneem and Moiz were found hugging each other in a bathroom of the flat. Father Daud Ali's body was found in the hall and daughter Sakina's on her bed in the children's bedroom.
He noticed the smoke and alerted others in the family. "We immediately started splashing water everywhere in the house and eventually lay flat on the ground to avoid inhaling the smoke. We were brought out of the flat when fire brigade officials arrived," said Hussain.
One more resident, Zara Cutteriwala, was injured, but discharged from hospital shortly after admission. Police officials said prima facie it appears that the fire broke out in the AC installed in the children's bedroom of the Kapasis' flat. "The exact cause of the fire will be known once fire and the other departments submit their reports. The preliminary probe does not point to any foul play.
28 December 2017
MUMBAI: A massive fire broke out at a building in Kamala Mills Compound in the Lower Parel area of Mumbai. So far, 14 people have been reported dead and several others injured. Majority of those killed are women, according to civic authorities. The fire appears to have started at a restaurant at the top floor of the building, although the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Those injured were rushed to King Edward Memorial Hospital and Scion Hospital. Two of the injured are believed to be in critical condition. Six fire tenders, four water tankers, emergency ambulance and police were rushed to the spot. The building in Mumbai houses commercial establishments including news channels have had to stop broadcasting.
Kamala mills in central Mumbai is among the sprawling mill compounds that have evolved into maze of restaurants, pubs and offices over the years. Mushrooming restaurants in the 37-acre premises in Lower Parel have turned the complex into a popular hub for Mumbai's nightlife. Several media houses are also in the complex; the fire disrupted the broadcast of some channels.
A police case has been filed against "1 Above". An activist of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) said he had complained in October to the civic body BMC about illegal structures that could cause a disaster, but was told there was "nothing illegal". Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered an investigation and action against officials. Five Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials have already been suspended.
MUMBAI: A fire broke out on the 22nd floor of the multi-storeyed Air India building in Mumbai's Nariman Point this morning. There have been no casualties or injuries, a fire department official said.Soon after the incident, eight fire engines and seven water tankers were rushed to the spot and the flames were contained, fire department officials said. "It is a B+G+22 (basement plus ground floor plus 22 floors) structure," they said.An Air India spokesperson said that the minor fire (which broke out on the 22nd floor of AI building in Mumbai this morning) was brought under control within minutes by Air India security personnel with assistance from fire department officials and other agencies.Air India said that the damage is being assessed. "The top management is at the site and the CMD is also rushing to the site from Delhi," the spokesperson added.
MUMBAI: A day after two floors of the ground plus three-storey JK Somani building in Fort were gutted in a massive fire, the trustee and caretaker remain “unreachable“ to the building's tenants, most of them young lawyers. The lawyers, around a dozen of them, who occupied the building's first floor, have little hope of recovering, among others, important documents and client briefs. According to them, the documents, if not destroyed in the conflagration, are possibly submerged under the water that was used to douse the fire that broke out late on Wednesday. As importantly, the BMC has refused to allow the tenants access to the building because of the precarious condition it is in.
“The BMC officer told us that they will first do a visual audit to ascertain if we can even enter the place. For this they require someone from the JK Somani Trust to be present. However, both the chairman and the caretaker were nowhere to be found. In fact, they refuse to answer our calls,“ said Sandeep Shinde, who had recently started his own firm, Ergo Juris, in the same building, along with two other friends.
Patent and Trademark lawyer Amol Patil, who had rented out an office space and inaugurated it on 26th November, had a similar story to tell. “The caretaker would never miss a single date during collection, now they don't even seem to be bothered after the incident. We don't want our deposit back immediately, but they will have to do something about it eventually.“ When Mirror contacted the caretaker Sunil Sharma (appointed by lessee), he said he has nothing to do with anything and refused to divulge any details. JK Somani Trust, which owned the building, had rented out the first floor to Blossom Estate Pvt Ltd, which sublet the space to private firms, among others.
“We have written to the owner of the building, asking him to get a detailed structural audit of the entire building done. Unless the building is declared safe by an auditor, we will not allow anyone to go inside. The building has been sealed for now,“ said Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, A ward.
Dighavkar said that the BMC has also asked a contractor to prop up the damaged structure. “We will have to prop up the structure so that it doesn't collapse. The central staircase and other portions of the building suffered severe structural damage due to the cylinder blasts,“ Dighavkar said.BMC officials said that the owner of the building would be held responsi ble in case the building falls and damages neighbouring structures.
The massive fire that destroyed two floors of the JK Somani building, near the Bombay Stock Exchange, broke out on Wednesday night. While the offices on two floors were gutted, no casualties were reported.
The fire was believed to have been doused by 11pm, but it erupted again two hours later and engulfed the second and third floors. At 1:30 am, the fire brigade sounded a brigade call.The building, which houses the offices of stockbrokers and advocates, is located on the British Hotel Lane in Fort.
The firefighting system attached to the ceiling of a basement parking at a newly constructed upmarket building in Ghatkopar came crashing down on Saturday, injuring a security guard and damaging 30 vehicles. A case has been registered against the builder and the contractor who installed the system. The police said they will record statements arresting anyone. The contractor refused to comment.
Residents of the building, The Address, said the incident took place early in the morning as the pipeline of the system collapsed. The guard, Ankush Gole, sustained injuries to his neck.Other guards, with help of the residents, took him to a hospital, where he is recuperating. The residents said they examined the spot after and found that the g system had not been fitted properly; and hence, they filed a case.
After the incident, the residents demanded an audit of all safety systems in the building. “ A week ago, one of the lifts stopped with jerk after coming down at a high speed.Those inside the lift had got scared. We had approached the police and reported the incident then too,“ said Pramod Goyal, who is part of the ad hoc building committee.
The builder and the contractor have been booked under IPC sections 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 427 (mischief causing damage) and 34 (common intention).
Two people died and 14 people were rescued after a major fire broke out in a residential flat on the 20th floor of Maker Tower in Cuffe Parade at 6:45 am on Tuesday. The fire was brought under control at around 8:30 am after eight fire engines and six water tankers rushed to the spot. Chief fire officer, P. Rahangdale stated that the fire officials had found the two domestic helps in the servant quarters under the internal staircase. “The two help were possibly already dead when the fire officials found them. Apart from them, we rescued seven people from the family and seven others from the same floor,” he said. He added that they were rushed to St George Hospital where they were pronounced dead,” he said. Rahangdale added that a one-year-old baby was also rescued and taken to the same hospital. A ward officials ward stated that the fire reportedly broke out in the house of Shekhar Bajaj, the managing director of Bajaj Electricals and the building is under MMRDA’s jurisdiction. “The cooling operations at the building are still on but the fire probably started in the air conditioning unit and spread from there,” said a ward official.
Source: The Indian Express
A fire broke out at Hiranandani Towers in Kandivali West, Mumbai on Thursday afternoon. Eight fire tenders have been rushed to the spot. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. The fire reportedly broke out on the 32nd floor of the building, a little after 1 pm and has been graded as a level III fire, indicating it’s of a serious nature. The chief fire officer at the site said that according to first information received, nobody has been trapped as such, and that the building has been fully evaluated. Extinguishing and search operation is on, the officer said. The building has two basements, a ground level, and 32 floors. The fire has been confined to apartments on the 32nd floor. Two ambulances have also been rushed to the site but it was not known if there were any injuries.
A major fire broke out in a two-storey old wooden building at Mazgaon in south Mumbai on Wednesday afternoon. A cylinder blast is suspected to be the cause of fire. However, no injuries have been reported.
According to the Mumbai Fire Brigade, the fire started from the second floor of the Bandukwala Building. The fire quickly spread to the remaining parts of the floor due to the predominant use of wood in the structure. Around 8 fire engines, 7 water tankers and 1 ambulance were rushed to the spot for fire-fighting. Within an hour, the firefighters could control the blaze and confine it to the second floor itself.
A massive fire broke out in a 11-storey building on Linking Road in suburban Bandra on Friday afternoon. According to information from the disaster management, the fire was reported triggered due to a suspected short-circuit on the sixth floor of the shopping complex, which is opposite the RD National College.
"We received an emergency call from one of the local shopkeepers of the blaze on the top floor, at around 11:30 am. Immediately, emergency services were pressed into action including, eight fire tenders, a jumbo tanker and an ambulance," said a disaster management officer.
It took around two hours for the firefighters to gain control on the fire. The cooling operations started post 2:40pm. "The building was unoccupied when the fire broke out. The shopping complex had only recently secured occupation certificate (OC) and businesses were yet to start," added the officer.
Meanwhile, the fire brigade officials, who inspected the shopping complex, raised questions on the internal sprinkler system (anti-fire), as no alarm went off after the fire broke out. A case has been registered in the said incident at the local police station.