Current news and events related to Fire Safety/Services/Prevention.
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.