Hydraulic Crane saves day after Fire Traps 30 people in Nehru Place Office
CLOSE SHAVE: A man who got trapped in the fire said that amid dense smoke in the corridor, they could only see a window and rushed for it.
New Delhi: At least 30 people got trapped when a fire broke out in a highrise office building at Nehru Place around 12.35pm on Thursday. Luckily, nobody got injured as Delhi Fire Service officials managed to rescue everybody within an hour. The fire department said it was a category-six (medium-level) blaze, which had started on the fifth floor of Vishal Towers located in the commercial hub of south Delhi. The building, which houses many offices, had over 500 people in it when the fire broke out. The department sent 26 fire tenders to the spot after its control room received a distress call, said chief fire officer Atul Garg, who headed the operation. Everybody was rescued by 1.45pm and the fire was brought under control by 3pm. A senior fire official said the blaze started in the office of an LPG vendor. “The blaze was controlled soon without any major damage, but it took us a lot of time and labour to rescue the employees stuck in the building, which was soon engulfed in dense smoke,” he said.
With the staircases filled with smoke, the people who got trapped moved to ledges for safety. After analysing the situation, the fire officials raised the category of the fire and a hydraulic crane was brought in. The firefighters then carried five to six people at a time on the crane to bring them down. “The corridor was full of smoke and the lights had switched off. We could only see a window and rushed for it. Fortunately, the firemen were there to evacuate us with the help of the crane,” said Paramjeet Singh, one of the victims. A fire official later said they had a tough time in bringing the vehicles to the spot due to the narrow lanes leading to the building. An FIR has been registered and a probe has been initiated to determine the cause of the fire but cops suspect that a short circuit in the air-conditioning system might have triggered the blaze, which then spread through the furniture and documents. Investigating officers are probing whether the building has the necessary fire safety clearances and if it has proper firefighting equipment.
Fire in Building at Bhendi Bazaar, 8 taken to Hospital
Mumbai: A fire broke out in a residential building at Bhendi Bazaar around 10.30pm on Thursday. Five residents Taheer Nalwala (72), Mustafa Soni (42) and Fareeda Chittalwala-besides three firemen were rushed to JJ Hospital after they suffocated. “All patients are stable,” the doctor said. The fire started in a house on the third floor of the four-storey Punjab Mahal, at Bohri Mohalla locality. A fire officer said that the ‘level 3’ fire was confined to electric wiring and installations. The residents were accommodated in nearby buildings and a community hall.