Fire Breaks out in Godown, 5 workers locked inside Die
PUNE TRAGEDY: The workers were asleep on the ground floor when the blaze started at Rajyog Wholesale Saree Depot. A short-circuit is likely to be the cause of the fire, said cops.
Pune: Five persons died of suffocation and burn injuries around 4.30am on Thursday after a fire broke out in a garments godown, whose shutters were locked from the outside. The employees were asleep on the ground floor when the blaze started at Rajyog Wholesale Saree Depot/Godown on Saswad road. The reason for the fire has not been ascertained but a short-circuit is suspected. The godown is jointly run by three businessmen from Surat Bhavarlal Hazarimal Prajapati, Sushil Nandakumar Bajaj and Suresh Ramaram Jakhad. They had taken the premises on rent. Four fire tenders and two water tankers rushed to the godown after the central fire brigade control room received a phone call around 4.35am about the fire. Station duty officer Vijay Bhilare told TOI, “Thick black fumes were emanating from the godown when we reached there. We managed to bring the fire under control within 20 minutes and completely extinguished it in an hour’s time”.
Inspector Suraj Bandgar of the Loni Kalbhor police station told TOI, “We suspect the fire broke out due to a short-circuit on the ground floor. The blaze enveloped the godown within minutes. The charred body of one of the deceased was found at the entrance of the godown, indicating that he had tried to escape but could not due to the locked shutters”. Bandgar said an FIR under has been registered. “Two partners, Bajaj and Jakhad, have been taken into custody and questioned. There was negligence on their part for locking the shutters from the outside. We have asked the fire brigade and the state electricity board to inspect the premises and submit its report at the earliest,” he said. Bandgar said the police will conduct a meeting of garment dealers and issue written instructions to them to adopt measures to prevent fire-related incidents.
Bus catches fire, alert driver saves lives of 30 passengers
FIRE FURY: Thirty people had a narrow escape when a bus heading to Tirupur from Bengaluru caught fire near Shoolagiri on Thursday.
Bengaluru/Krishnagiri: The timely action of a 57-year-old private bus driver saved the lives of 30 people after the vehicle caught fire near Shoolagiri in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu early on Thursday. The bus owned by Sharma Travels was heading to Tirupur from Bengaluru with 28 passengers on board. K Chowkar from Bengaluru was at the wheel. When the bus reached Chinnaru on the Bengaluru-Chennai national highway at 1am, other motorists noticed flames atop the bus and alerted the driver. Chowkar immediately pulled over and found the parcels kept on top of the bus had caught fire. He ensured all passengers were evacuated. “Within a few minutes, the fire engulfed the entire vehicle,” he said. Shoolagiri police and fire and rescue services personnel from Hosur reached the spot and doused the flames. The passengers boarded another bus to Tirupur. “The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. We have to check the parcels first,” police said. Traffic on the stretch came to a standstill for two hours following the incident.
Home Guard Hit by Vehicle in Alipore
Kolkata: A 27-year-old home guard, Goutam Das, who is attached to the Bhowanipore traffic guard, was seriously injured after an unidentified vehicle hit him at the Lalbati crossing on Alipore Road around 12.30am on Thursday. Das was rushed to SSKM Hospital after the accident where doctors said he has received injuries on face, hand and waist. He was, however, declared to be out of danger on Thursday evening and subsequently discharged. The Alipore police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving and is using CCTV footage to identify the vehicle involved in the accident.