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Kandivli couple skips son’s marriage to keep hopes afloat

TRIAL BY FIRE | Kishore’s parents feared for losing their only possession, a — land, if they were not present when officials come to survey losses of Monday’s blaze

Prakash Mhaske and Shantabai Mhasake (Top) stayed back as they were told that collector and police will be coming to survey the losses
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It was supposed to be most important day in his life. But Kishore Prakash Mhaske couldn’t hide his gloom even in groom’s attire. Instead of attending his marriage with long-time friend, his parents were guarding their small patch of land at Bhim Nagar in Damu Nagar slums, where their home stood before it got gutted along with hundreds of other shanties in Monday’s blaze. Kishore’s parents, Prakash Mhaske and Shantabai, stayed back as they were told that collector and police will be coming to survey the losses. Mhaskes’ feared that if the officials didn’t find them there, they will lose that place too and rightful share of government relief.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “Where will we stay if our name is not on the list and government deny us permission to rebuild our home. We have lost everything, including Rs70,000 cash, jewellery for bride, clothes and food stock we stored for guests. We couldn’t cancel the wedding as we had paid the full payment of Rs1.50 lakh for the function,” said Mhaske. Stating that haldi and DJ party had to be dropped because of the fire, Prakash said his son had taken a bank loan of Rs30,000 for the function. “The pandal which perished in fire was erected at a cost of Rs10,000,” he added. Shantabai said that Kishore’s friends gave her emotional and financial support. “He was broke and inconsolable, but we encouraged him to get married as we would not be able to bear any additional loss. His friends arranged new pair of clothes and got him ready. They also got clothes for the bride from the grooms’ side,” said a distressed Shantabai. Mhaske’s relatives and distant family members attended the wedding and were left aghast as they visited the groom’s home, which has now turned into heaps of ashes. “They were working together in a garment factory. I had dreamt so much of welcoming her as my daughter-in-law. But now I don’t even have a place to accommodate her,” she said. Looking around, she said: “What gift will I give her now. Everything is burnt.” At least 20 to 25 officials from the Collector’s office were at the scene on Tuesday, taking down details of each household. Police officers were also seen collecting details for panchnama.

Himachal Pradesh: Over 50 houses gutted in fire in Kullu village

The quantum of damage were yet to be ascertained but locals said it could run into crores of rupees.

People watch fire in their houses at village Kotla near Banjara in Kullu district on Sunday. Around 80 houses are feared to have destroyed in the incident.

More than 50 houses and an ancient temple were gutted in a devastating fire at Kotla village in Banjar subdivision of Kullu district, about 260 from Shimla on Sunday. The fire was blazing till last reports reached the state headquarters, officials said, adding that efforts were on to douse the flames.A temple of deity Bada Chhamahu Devta was completely destroyed while an adjoining temple of Bhauni Devta was still engulfed in flames, the officials said. The cause of the fire were yet to be ascertained, the officials said, adding that sky-high flames were hampering rescue operations in adjoining houses. The fire broke out in one house and spread quickly to others as most of the houses in the village were timber structures, they said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dola Singh Mahant, a resident of Kotla village, said locals and residents of adjoining villages were helping the affected people to vacate the remaining houses as fire was spreading from one house to the other. Banjar SDM Ashwani Kumar said relief and rescue teams have been rushed to the spot and no loss of life or livestock has been reported so far.The quantum of damage were yet to be ascertained but locals said it could run into crores of rupees. The district administration has directed the relief teams to provide temporary shelter and other necessary items to the affected people, besides giving interim relief.

NGO Goonj founder blames Diwali crackers for the fire

The police and the fire department could not yet confirm the cause of fire.

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After the Delhi centre of NGO Goonj was gutted in fire on the day of Diwali, its founder Anshu Gupta on Friday alleged that the incident was caused by a firecracker and started an online campaign against the same.”Here I was asking you to spread the message against crackers and there a cracker did this to Goonj’s center in Delhi…tonnes of material, where we all had put in our days and nights turned into ash! Nothing much to say…anger on this insane, menace, vulgarity called crackers,” the Magsaysay awardee wrote in a Facebook post.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Will share more as we fight back but certainly one of the saddest moments for the team and lakhs of people who are a part of Goonj’s larger family…particularly sad as blankets to woolens, clothes to whatever is needed much more, in the days to come,” the social entrepreneur said.”Response on a few things from our Delhi office might be slow for the next couple of days as the team is fighting back with this huge loss of material, money and space,” he added.However, the police and the fire department could not yet confirm the cause of fire.On Wednesday, a fire broke out around 7 PM in a facility of the Goonj NGO at southeast Delhi’s Madanpur Khadar area. As many as 10 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and it took several hours for the firefighters to douse the flames, fire officials said.

Odisha: 3 trains catch fire at Puri railway station

Train services to and from Puri railway station had been suspended for the time being, an official said.

A high-level probe has been launched into the incident and efforts are on to ascertain the circumstances that led to the fire, the CPRO said.

A fire broke out on Thursday in three express trains at Puri railway station here, damaging at least four bogies, but no one got injured in the incident, railway officials said. Some bogies of New Delhi-Puri Nandankanan Express and Tirupati Express were damaged due to the fire, but there was no report of injury, Chief Public Relations Officer of East Coast Railway JP Mishra said. The fire first started in coach No 11 and 12 of the Nandankanan Express shortly after it arrived at platform No 4 from New Delhi and the passengers had disembarked, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a short while, fire erupted in the Tirupati Express which was on platform No 2 and fire tenders were called in to control the blaze, officials said adding there were no passengers in these trains. Thereafter, a fire also broke out in the Puri-Howrah Express which was scheduled for departure tonight, triggering successfully panic among passengers, they said. A high-level probe has been launched into the incident and efforts are on to ascertain the circumstances that led to the fire, the CPRO said.Train services to and from Puri railway station had been suspended for the time being, he said. At least six fire tenders where called who successfully controlled the fire. Also, railway officials are working on war footing to restore normalcy. Meanwhile, Railway Protection Force personnel have detained a man on suspicion of his complicity in the fire incident.

Fire breaks out in a culvert below railway tracks at Goregaon, Mumbai

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Fire broke out in a culvert between Goregaon and Jogeshwari in Mumbai. Jay Mehta/Firstpost

Jay Mehta / Firstpost

Local train services were hit and trains came to a halt for about an hour. Jay Mehta / Firstpost

Jay Mehta / Firstpost

Reports said that fire brigade rushed to the spot after the flames began spreading. They were able to control the fire in around 30 minutes. Jay Mehta / Firstpost

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Smoke is seen coming on to the tracks from the huge fire in the culvert. Jay Mehta/Firstpost

Former Congress MP, family held for death of daughter-in-law, grandsons

Warangal: Former Congress MP Sircilla Rajaiah, his wife and son were arrested tonight following their sustained grilling by police in connection with the death of his daughter-in-law and three grandsons at his residence in Warangal on Wednesday.

“Rajaiah, his wife and son have been arrested and produced at the residence of a magistrate,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (Hanamkonda Sub-Division) Shoban Kumar told PTI.

The charred bodies of S Sarika and her three children Abhinav (7), and twins Ayaan and Shriyaan (3) were recovered on Thursday from the house of the former MP at Hanamkonda.

Following a complaint by parents of S Sarika, the deceased daughter-in-law of Rajaiah, a case was registered against the former parliamentarian, his wife Madhavi and son Anil Kumar at Subedari police station under sections 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 306 (abetment to suicide) of IPC, and under section 174 (suspicious death) of CrPC for the death of three boys.

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The trio who were taken away by police from their house for questionning last evening were quizzed again today and were arrested based on the evidence gathered by police.

The ACP said the doctors conducted postmortem of S Sarika and Abhinav and Ayaan and Shriyaan (3) at a government hospital on Thursday.

“The report has not been given yet and the FSL report is also awaited,” the senior police officer said.

The bodies were subsequently handed over to Sarika’s mother Lalitha and other family members who performed the last rites.

Warangal City Police Commissioner G Sudheer Babu had said that Rajaiah, Madhavi and Anil Kumar were among those present inside their house when the incident happened on the first floor of the two-storey building.

Meanwhile, a forensic expert Dr Naga Mohan, who conducted the postmortem along with other doctors, said the side bones of Sarika and the legs of Abhinav and Ayaan were found broken.

“Thick particles of smoke were found in the chests of the dead persons,” he said, adding that as the bodies were totally charred the viscera and other parts were sent to FSL for further assessment. Meanwhile, Sarika’s mother and sister today reiterated their charge that Sarika’s in-laws were responsible for death of their daughter and grandsons and that it was “intentionally” done by the former MP and his family.

Sarika and Anil, both classmates had fallen in love during their engineering degree course, and got married in 2002.

Sarika, who quit her job as a software engineer in a multinational company, had earlier alleged that her husband was having an extra-marital affair, and had even staged a sit-in protest outside Rajaiah’s house.

In April 2014, a criminal case had been filed against Rajaiah, Madhavi, Anil Kumar and another woman at the Begumpet women’s police station here following a complaint lodged by Sarika, alleging that her husband and in-laws were harassing her.


Major fire at Amritsar DC office; vital records ruined

No casualty has been reported in the fire police said.

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A major fire broke out at the first floor of the Amritsar Deputy Commissioner office on Wednesday, destroying key British era documents, police said. No casualty has been reported in the fire, they added. The fire was first noticed by the staff members of the Deputy Commissioner office, they said. It was an act of mischief as the fire started from the record room housing most important documents of British era, revenue record of pre-Partition era and vital documents related to Pakistan’s Lahore, an official of the Deputy Commissioner said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Around four fire tender engines were pressed into service to control the fire, police said. Built during British era in 1849, the wooden record room was located on the first floor of the Deputy Commissioner office.The officials said that as per the rules of Central Government the old record in the office of Deputy Commissioner at Amritsar office was to be “preserved and maintained permanently” but the fire destroyed the ancient record. They said that previously also a fire broke out at the office when documents preserved from the time of the first Amritsar Deputy Commissioner, L Saunders till 1947, when Nukul Sen was in office, were gutted in fire. Nukul Sen was 122nd Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar, they further said.

West Bengal: Rajarhat fire blazes even after 20 hours

As many as twelve fire tenders were called in to douse the fire but only reached the spot several hours after the fire broke out.

Smoke billowing out of a medicine factory after a fire Rajarhat.

Over 20 hours after a fire broke out at a godown in Rajarhat, in North 24 Pargana district, flames continue to blaze till Wednesday morning.The fire broke out around afternoon on Tuesday and locals who spotted the fire immediately informed the fire services department.Since there are no fire services headquarters in New Town-Rajarhat area, fire tenders had to be rushed in from Salt Lake sector-5.As many as twelve fire tenders were called in to douse the fire but only reached the spot several hours after the fire broke out.The fire initially broke out in a godown and gradually spread to adjoining godown that stored pharmaceutical chemicals and other flammable products. The officers of the state fire services department could not arrest it till today morning.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Another set of fire tenders and senior officials of Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate and state fire services department have rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control.

Kolkata: Fire breaks out in commercial building

Fire broke out in a commercial building in the central business district today, a fire brigade official said.

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Fire broke out in a commercial building in the central business district today, a fire brigade official said.The fire was detected at around 7.45 am on the eighth fllor of the building, the official said.There were no reports of injury till now, the official said adding that it being a sunday, offices housed in the building were closed.Ten fire tenders were on the job, he said.More details to follow…

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch and Rajouri again

They said that the Indian Army effectively retaliated to the firing and intermittent exchange of fire lasted until midnight.

Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir?s Poonch and Rajouri districts late on Friday night. Defence sources said Pakistani troops started unprovoked mortar shelling and firing in Sabzian and Balakot sectors of Poonch district and in Hamirpur sector of adjoining Rajauri district. They said that the Indian Army effectively retaliated to the firing and intermittent exchange of fire lasted until midnight. However, there is no report of any casualty or injury to the Indian side so far.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Tamil Nadu village tense after 2 Dalit houses burnt

The Dalit siblings have alleged that the fire was started by Vanniyars.

A fortnight ago, caste clashes broke out in this village over a temple procession. Since then, more than 10 houses have been burnt down

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Seshasamudram village in Villupuram district, Tamil Nadu which has been seeing clashes between Dalits and Vanniyars since weeks was engulfed in violence, reports The New Indian Express. On Monday, miscreants hurled petrol bombs on the huts belonging to Dalits siblings. No one was injured in the incident. The Dalit siblings have alleged that the fire was started by Vanniyars. Apparently, they lost many electronic items as well as important documents like land pattas and ration cards in the fire on Monday night.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A fortnight ago, caste clashes broke out in this village over a temple procession. Since then, more than 10 houses have been burnt down. Nearly 40 people have been injured in the fights that broke out.The victims of the recent fire have said that their houses were burnt as they spoke to the media about the earlier riots. They claimed a few Vanniyars men had threatened them. Sasikela, whose husband Chandran had spoken to the media, said that some of the Vanniyars had issued death threats to him. “If anything happens to my husband or my family, the Vanniyars are to blame,” she said.

Two jawans injured in gunfight with infiltrating militants

Army had last evening launched a counter-infiltration operation near the LoC after noticing suspicious movement.

At least two soldiers were injured in a gunfight with infiltrating militants near the Line of Control in Tangdhar sector of Kashmir, Army officials said.”Two jawans have sustained minor injuries in the ongoing operation in Karnah so far.The exchange of fire with the terrorists was going on till reports last came in,” the officials said.Army had last evening launched a counter-infiltration operation near the LoC after noticing suspicious movement.”There was a brief exchange of fire last night which resumed this morning,” the officials said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Poonch

Our troops retaliated, resulting in exchange of fire that continued till 2330 hours. There was no report of loss of life or injury from the Indian side, he said.

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In fresh ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops on Monday targeted several Indian posts along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.”Pakistani troops resorted to small arms firing on several posts along the Line of Control in Poonch district at 2245 hours last night,” an Army spokesman said.Our troops retaliated, resulting in exchange of fire that continued till 2330 hours. There was no report of loss of life or injury from the Indian side, he said. This is the seventh incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops since July 15. One person has been killed and 16 have been injured so far in the firing from across the border.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In July, there have been 11 ceasefire violations by the Pakistan army. On Saturday last, five civilians were injured when Pakistani troops targeted several Indian positions in Naushera sector of Rajouri district and the two villages in Poonch sector.

India, Pakistan trade heavy fire in Jammu district along LoC

Jammu: Heavy firing started early on Monday between the Indian and Pakistani troopers along the line of control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu region.

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“Pakistan army resorted to heavy unprovoked firing at our positions in Shahpur sector of the LoC around midnight,” a defence spokesman told IANS here.

“They are using small arms and automatic weapons to target our positions. Our troopers are effectively retaliating the firing,” he added.

Intermittent firing exchanges were going on in the area when last reports came in.

On Saturday, five civilians were injured in the same area when Pakistan army resorted to indiscriminate, unprovoked firing.


Luxurious tinderboxes: Mumbaikars don’t care about having good fire safety provisions in their buildings

Mumbai: Every time there is an incident of high-rise catching fire in the city, people complain about the lack of infrastructure, the inadequacies of the fire fighting department etc. However, the issue that doesn’t figure as frequently in our conversations is how apathetic we are ourselves when it comes to fire-prevention provisions in our buildings.

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Speaking about the Powai fire incident, the Mumbai fire brigade said that the electrical ducts in the building were not sealed which is why the heat and smoke spread rapidly on the upper floors. Also, access to the terrace was blocked and the refuge area was also not easily accessible.

Seven people were killed and 26 others injured in a major fire that engulfed three floors of a 21-storeyed building in the upmarket Powai area in suburban Mumbai on Saturday evening. “Out of seven, four bodies were found in the lift which was surprising. People should never use the lift during fire. These are the basic things that people should know about it. People are quick to blame the authorities in case of a fire but it only shows how careless they are themselves when it comes to fire prevention,” said a senior officer from fire brigade.

He added that during the fire that broke out in 2013 in the Mont Blanc skyscrapper in Kemps Corner in South Mumbai, some residents that tried to use the lift to escape to the upper floors. Two people had died then too. .

“It clearly shows that fire safety awareness is pathetic among the people. People are more bothered about working elevators than making sure that the fire safety provisions of the building are in place. People must be proactive and should know dos and don’ts during such calamities. Building societies should undertake fire safety drills,” he explained.

As per the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, it is mandatory for every building – residential and commercial – to conduct a fire safety audit twice in a year on its own and submit a compliance report to the nearest fire station. If any building fails to comply with the mandatory fire safety audit, the Act has a provision of rigorous imprisonment between six months to three years, fine between Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000. The government can also disconnect the water supply with others.

“A fully functional fire fighting system, which is mandatory in all buildings, helps douse the fire immediately. But, despite having a law, out of 4 lakh buildings in the city that do not comply with the fire safety norms, around 10 percent buildings submit the mandatory fire audit reports every year. It shows that the citizens are complacent and lethargic about getting a fire safety system in place. Also, it is not possible for us to physically inspect all the buildings,” said another fire officer.

“The act also has provision for having a basic fire fighting system installed. It includes automatic sprinklers, fire extinguishers, fire alarms and risers etc. But, many do not have even that,” he added.

The officer further added that there are fire response courses conducted for citizens in all fire stations in the city, however, very few people show interest in these drills. Not many turn up either, though the officer didn’t make it clear if the drills are adequately publicised.

The Mumbai Fire Brigade, touted as India’s best, attends more than 18,000 calls a year from fire incidents to building collapses to flood rescues and bird rescues. However, it is still not fully equipped to deal with the city’s changing topography. The Mumbai fire brigade has 33 fire stations, 2500 personnel and 200 officers. Presently, their kitty of fire fighting weapons include a 62-meter snorkel that can reach 15 floors.

“As per the international standards, the city should have at least 100 fire stations along with 10,000 personnel and 1000 fire officers. Now, we have identified locations for 26 new fire stations and have sent the list to the development plan department. We have urged them to reserve the plots in the proposed development plan for 2014-2034,” said a senior fire officer adding that a 90-meter snorkel has been ordered from Finland which can reach 22 floors.

Also, the red-tapism is hampering the revamp of the fire brigade. After the deluge of 2005 in Mumbai, the Fire Brigade was to set up six regional command centers to de-centralize firefighting operations. A decade later, only one of the six centers is operational, in Wadala.

Currently, the Fire Brigade uses a manual that is decades old and not in tune with the city’s changing topography. “We are hundred years behind the international cities fire fighting system. There needs to be a complete overhaul of the department to take long term measures to improve response time, efficiency and performance of the force,” said AN Shinde, former chief fire officer.

Preliminary probe reveals blast in AC caused Mumbai high rise fire that killed 7 people

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Mumbai chief fire officer succumbs to injuries sustained after the 9 May blaze

Mumbai: Sunil Nesarikar, the chief fire officer of the Mumbai Fire Brigade, who sustained severe burn injuries while battling a building blaze on 9 May, died in Mumbai on Sunday, officials said.

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Nesarikar was admitted to the National Burns Centre in Navi Mumbai with over 50 percent burns and was under treatment since the past fortnight.

He failed to recover from his injuries, and died on Sunday afternoon.

With Nesarikar’s death, the toll in the blaze in the 50-year-old Gokul Niwas building in south Mumbai’s congested Kalbadevi area, climbed to four – all fire officers.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer SW Amin, a President’s gold medal awardee, had succumbed last week to over 80 percent burns he suffered in the same incident.

The bodies of two other firemen – MM Desai and SW Rane – who went missing during the fire-fighting, were found the next day from the debris of the building which had collapsed later.

Amin – who was awarded the President’s Gold Medal for meritorious service during the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack – was on 11 May belatedly granted promotion due since over five months by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The 9 May blaze was the second major traumatic incident in the past 10 months for the city fire brigade – officially existing since April 1887.

On 18 July last year, a firemen was killed on duty while battling a blaze at Lotus Business Park, a commercial high-rise in Andheri west.

Following the incident, the then CFO AN Verma was demoted and the BMC elevated his deputy, Sunil Nesarikar as CFO.


None injured in three Delhi fire incidents, firefighters battle flames for hours

New Delhi: Three incidents of fire were on Thursday reported from various parts of the city, including a major one that broke out in a furniture warehouse in Kapashera area of the south west Delhi, but there were no casualties, fire officials said.

The fire in the furniture warehouse in Kapashera area of south west Delhi broke out at around 1.30 PM.

More than 22 fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the flames, officials said.


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According to the Delhi Fire Services (DFS) officials, fire fighters battled for almost two and half hours to bring the blaze under control.

“The control room at Delhi Fire Services (DFS) received a call at around 1.34 PM after which 22 fire tenders were rushed to douse the fire. The cause of the fire is not yet known,” a DFS official said.

Apart from this, two other incidents of fire were also reported from different parts of the national capital on Thursday.

The first incident was reported from a vegetable market at Keshopur in west Delhi at 10.40 AM, where a fire broke out in a vehicle carrying vegetables.

“Fifteen fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire which was finally brought under control at 11.20 AM,” the official said.

In the second incident, fire broke out due to short circuit at a footwear showroom on the first floor of a building in Nangloi area of west Delhi, where 22 fire tenders were rushed to bring it under control.

“The fire was caused due to an electrical short-circuit in an air-cooler and brought under control at around 1.50 PM,” they said.

No casualties were reported from anywhere, they added.


Part of building in Mumbai’s Kalba Devi area collapses after major fire, 5 injured

Mumbai: A major fire broke out at an over-century old building housing residential apartments and shops, leaving five persons injured in south Mumbai on Saturday, fire brigade officials said.

The building, `Gokul Nivas’, is situated in Kalba Devi, and houses some residential apartments on the fourth floor, while on lower floors there are cloth godowns and shops.

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The fire in a building in Mumbai’s Kalba Devi. Ibnlive

A portion of the building — which was undergoing repairs — is reported to have collapsed as the wooden beams and columns have been gutted, a fire brigade official said.

“There is a possibility of casualties but at this moment nothing can be confirmed as our team is busy dousing the flames,” said an official, adding three personnel of fire brigade sustained minor injuries while rescuing the trapped people from the building. A couple of residents too were injured.

They were admitted to Masina Hospital.

“We were informed about the fire at 4.20 pm and our personnel reached the spot in ten miniutes despite traffic snarls,” said the official.

At eight pm, the fire fighters were still trying to bring the fire under control, he said, adding that 17 fire engines and 10 tankers had been rushed to the spot.

Jagdish Purohit, manager of the adjacent Adarsh Hotel, said “fire brigade personnel did a good job…they put their lives at stake and saved a few residents from the backside of the building.”


After 12 hours, fire at a Kolkata mall could not be doused; no casualties

Kolkata: A major fire broke out in a shopping mall in central Kolkata on Sunday, and was yet to be completely doused even after 12 hours of efforts by firefighters. However, there was no casualty.

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As many as 27 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to control the blaze that was first noticed at 11.45 am on the third floor of the building where clothing was stacked, officials said.

People who were inside the mall when the fire started were evacuated, said state Disaster Management Minister Javed Khan.

“The fire is now under control. The major part has been put out. But there are some pockets where the fire has to be tackled. The fire fight will continue till it is completely douses,” he said.

A fire brigade official said the fire fighters will work through the need. “They will see to it there are no burning embers in the debris, as such embers can restart a fresh fire.”

Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, city Police Commissioner Surojit Kar Purokayastha were among those who came to the spot to supervise the fire-fighting operations.


Major fire breaks out at a mall in Kolkata’s New Market

Kolkata: A major fire broke out at a shopping mall in the New Market area in the heart of the city today.

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Eighteen fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the flames which were suspected to have been caused by a short-circuit inside the godown of the mall this morning, a
fire brigade official said.

“The fire broke out at 11.45 am at the CitiMart and fire tenders are still fighting to contain the blaze,” he said.


Fire breaks out at Calcutta National Medical College

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A massive accident was averted at a city based hospital on Saturday night. A fire broke out in the first floor Chest Block of Calcutta National Medical College. Immediately, patients were evacuated and as many as three fire tenders were pressed into service. Disaster Management Group officials and fire fighters including officials of Kolkata Police were rushed to the spot. Primary examination revealed that the fire broke out from a refrigerator of the hospital through a short-circuit. Meanwhile, the fire department and Kolkata Police will look into the matter to find the cause of the fire. Fortunately, a re-run of the AMRI hospital incident was prevented by the vigilant hospital staff. The hospital authorities doused the fire and there were no casualties. “The hospital staff extinguished the fire even before our tenders reached the spot. The fire is in control now and no one has been hurt,” said a senior fire department official. In December 2011, a massive fire broke out at the AMRI hospital in Dhakuria and claimed lives of as many as 95 people, including the members of the staff and patients. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Fire breaks out in RIL’s natural gas pipeline in Telangana

New Delhi: A fire today broke out in a natural gas pipeline that ferries gas from Reliance Industries’ eastern offshore KG-D6 field in Telangana.

No loss of life or injury has been reported.

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The fire was notice early morning in a section of the pipeline near Zaheerabad in remote Telangana due to gas leak in the Main Line Valve, RGTIL, the company that operates the pipeline, said.

“There is no loss of life or injuries,” it said.

“Our experts have immediately reached the War Room as well as the site of fire. The fire is being controlled and contained by safely evacuating and cordoning off that section of pipeline.

“It might take another few hours to evacuate and extinguish the fire,” the company said, adding gas supplies to consumers may remain affected for 24 hours.