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AHMEDABAD: The fire that broke out in their Anandnagar apartment killed assistant vice-president (Response), The Times Group, Achal Shah, 52, and his wife Pramila, 50. The couple is survived by two teenage daughters. Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Services (AFES) had received a call about the fire on the sixth floor of B Block of Ishaan III Towers around 2.40 am on Saturday. When firefighters entered Shah’s 3BHK apartment, it was full of smoke. They found Shah lying unconscious in the dining room. The others, two daughters — Ishita, 15, and Aarohi, 13, and Shah’s mother Snehlata, who is in her eighties — were rescued from other two bedrooms.

Both Shah and his wife were declared ‘brought dead’ after they were rushed to a nearby private hospital. Shah’s daughters and his mother are under critical care. Fire only in storeroom, but smoke spread Sajid Baloch, the inspector of the Anandnagar police told TOI: “The cause of death is likely to be asphyxia.” Doctors at VS Hospital, where the post mortem was conducted, confirmed presence of carbon in the

Praveen Sharma, Shah’s brother-in-law, remembered him as a kind-hearted family man who achieved success on personal and professional fronts. Hospital authorities said that Aarohi — who is also undergoing treatment for trauma — remembered a fire-drill instruction given at school and ran inside the bathroom and stood under the shower. Her sister Ishita and grandmother Snehlata suffered cerebral hypoxia, a condition where oxygen supply is reduced to the brain. They are both are battling for life. “The fire was not major. It began in the apartment’s storeroom adjoining the kitchen and charred electronic appliances and provisions,” said Mithun Mistry, divisional fire officer, AFES. Neighbours heard the ceramic tiles falling off due to intense heat which alerted them. Soon after they heard Aarohi’s cries for help and one of them Mafabhai Rabari gained access to Shah’s gallery from the adjoining house and broke-opened the door. He, however, sustained minor burn injuries.

“The fire was limited to the storeroom and the kitchen, charring both areas. The smoke spread across the house.” Mistry told TOI that it is possible that Shah came out of his bedroom to check what was happening, but fell unconscious in a few seconds when he inhaled noxious fumes, including carbon monoxide. There was no ventilation for the fumes to escape. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained. Fire officials say that it could have been triggered either by a lamp lit inside the house on the occasion of Dev Diwali or shortcircuit. Only further probe and analysis by the Forensic Science Laboratory will accord clarity. Ishita is a top-seed badminton player in the state and is ranked fifth in singles. She was recently selected to represent Gujarat in the under-17 doubles at the sub-junior nationals to be held in Bengaluru from November 22 to December 2 and was supposed to leave for the tournament on Monday. Shah, the son of former Gujarat director general of police V T Shah, was also an avid sportsperson. He was HL Commerce College’s cricket captain. Sharma said Shah was the driving force behind his daughter’s accomplishments in sports. Shah’s association with The Times Group dates back to 1991. “He was humble, and caring towards his colleagues. We still can’t believe this loss,” said one of his colleagues.


KOLKATA: A fire broke out inside the Harish Mukherjee Road branch of a private bank on Sunday afternoon. Six fire tenders, which were sent to the spot, doused the flames in an hour. Nobody was injured, said a fire services official. The fire, an official said, broke out at the central AC duct fixed on the false ceiling at the front desk. A fire fighter said a short circuit had probably triggered the fire. “A probe is on to ascertain the exact cause of fire. Forensic samples will be collected soon,” said an official. Around 2.30pm on Sunday, locals panicked after noticing smoke in a narrow lane beside the bank.


The ATM of another bank is located in the same lane. After they informed fire services officials, one fire tender was sent from the nearby Kalighat fire station. Since the bank was closed, one of the shutters in the lane had to be broken, but the source of fire could not be detected. More fire tenders were rushed to the spot as smoke was seen coming out of several points of the three-storey building.

The firefighters then broke the main entrance to get inside. They also broke two other shutters to spray water inside. But they still couldn’t locate the source of fire. They suspected that the fire had spread to other floors after seeing smoke coming out of a washroom located on the first floor. A total of six fire tenders were sent to the spot and the fire fighters finally found that the flames broke out at the central AC duct on the false ceiling. Fire services officials said that there was no major damage. “Only some chairs and other furniture at the front desk were damaged. The fire was doused by 3.40pm,” said an official.

SURAT: Fire broke out in a four floor complex in Surat on Monday evening. Ten students of different ages were rescued after they were trapped in thick cloud of smoke.The fire erupted following a spark in the electric metre box on the ground floor of the building in Vesu area. The fire spread up to the second floor of the four floor building, however huge amount of smoke emanating reached the third floor.


The students were trapped in smoke and had to be rescued by a hydraulic platform by fire officials of Surat Municipal corporation(SMC). These students had inhaled carbon monoxide and condition of three was stated to be critical. Four are admitted in Global sunshine hospital whereas four are in Sanjeevani hospital of the city. A medical practitioner Dr Uday Shah, who runs a clinic in the complex said that he revived three children before sending them to the hospital. Whereas another witness said that fire started from ground floor and reached second floor but it was the smoke that trapped students many suffered due to that.

Dr Shah said that few of them may have suffered some damage to their vital organs due to inhaling of carbon monoxide. City Mayor Dr Jagdish Patel, who reached the spot along with municipal Commissioner M Thennarasan and Standing committee Chairman Anil Goplani to oversee the rescue operations said, “All the trapped students have been rescued by breaking open the glasses of AC classroom. None of the students suffered any burn injuries. These students were in private class named curious mind academy.” The Agam complex is a four floor building, housing nearly 225 shops on the ground floor and upper three floors are occupied by business offices, clinics of doctors, laboratories and even a restaurant.

One person died and 12 were injured when a fire broke out at a fireworks factory on Sunday in South 24 Parganas district’s Sonarpur area, police said.

The owner of the factory, who was also injured in the fire, has been detained, Sonarpur Police Station Officer-in-Charge Paresh Roy said.

Debasish Sardar (19), a worker of the factory, succumbed to his injuries late at night at the state-run Chittaranjan Hospital in Kolkata, a senior hospital official told PTI.

He said that five injured persons were brought to the hospital on Sunday evening. While two of them were released after preliminary medical assistance. one among the three others died.After the fire broke out, the injured were taken to Baruipur hospital. The condition of five worsened and they were referred to Chittaranjan Hospital in the city.


The incident occurred at Sonarpur’s Gobindopur area.

Three fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames which broke out at the factory at around 12.40 pm, a fire department official said.

“This was a small factory with only a tin shed. There were some finished and unfinished firecrackers at the site,” the official said.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, a police officer said adding that there were a few explosions in the factory which damaged a few nearby houses.

The fire was doused at around 3.40 pm, he said.

“The owner is undergoing treatment in the hospital and we are waiting for his release to question him,” the police officer said.

Other materials and commodities used to manufacture firecrackers were seized from the factory, the officer added.

In a valiant gesture, a 33-year-old woman, who died of asphyxiation after a fire broke out at a condominium in Gurugram late on Sunday night, saved the lives of her neighbours before she finally succumbed to the heavy smoke.

The fire broke out after a short circuit in the electrical shaft at the ground floor of a tower at Tulip Orange condominium in Sector 69 around 2 am and spread up to the ninth floor, clouding corridors with heavy smoke, a Hindustan Times report said, quoting fire department officials.

Swati Garg, her husband, Girish Garg, their four-year-old daughter Anjali and Swati’s mother Vaishali Tikekar stepped out of their fifth-floor apartment after the blaze.

FIRE-875“I took my daughter Anjali and ran upstairs to a safer place. My wife and mother-in-law were behind me. The corridors on the eighth floor were filled with heavy smoke and I took refuge in one of the vacant apartments with my daughter. Meanwhile, Swati was with her mother and I thought she had taken refuge in one of the other apartments,” HT reported, quoting Girish.

He later found out that Swati was going upstairs towards the terrace. “I saw her proceeding upstairs towards the terrace in the hope of finding some fresh air. Her mother and she decided to split and proceed,” Girish recollects.Some residents said that she knocked at the doors of other people living in the flats on fifth, sixth and seventh floors, and alerted them. Some of her neighbours recalled she tried to open the terrace doors in the hope of providing much-needed ventilation while others said she was left behind in the commotion, according to the news report.

SHO at Badhsahpur police station, Vipin Rawat said that the residents from fifth, sixth and seventh floor evacuated their apartments and rushed to two vacant apartments on the eighth floor to take refuge.“The victim, however, tried to save the residents and sounded an alert for those who were asleep and knocked at their door and asked them to come out. She went up to open the terrace gate to allow the smoke to pass through so people could get some fresh air to breathe,” Rawat said.

The fire department officials said they had evacuated everyone from the building by 3.45 am. It took them 25 minutes to douse the blaze. Girish, his daughter and mother-in-law were evacuated at around 3.30 am from the eighth floor of the tower.

Rescuers found Swati lying unconscious near the terrace door almost an hour after the fire broke out. She died before reaching the hospital, according to police.Both doors to the terrace were locked and Swati eventually died of “asphyxia”, post-mortem report revealed.

The official further added, “Although the fire remained restricted to the shaft, the smoke seeped out into the fire escape staircase area,” reported Indian Express.

A fire broke out in Kolkata’s Bhawanipur area on Monday at around 3 pm. Initial reports suggest that the fire erupted in a godown of a sweet shop.

Photos and videos posted on social media showed the top floor of a building in Jadubabu’s Bazar engulfed in flames. The thick cloud of smoke could be seen from about a kilometre away.

Fire fighters rushed to the spot and brought the blaze under control. According to reports, the fire broke out in the kitchen of the sweet shop located on the third floor of the building.


The cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained.

Bhawanipur is a major area in the heart of the city. The northern part of the area is located next to Victoria Memorial.

This is the second major fire in Kolkata after a massive inferno broke out in Kolkata’s Bagri Market. Officials said on Monday that the Bagri market fire will be completely doused only after 72 hours.

“We have been able to contain the fire till the top floor. But to completely douse the fire, we need 72 more hours,” said Tushar Kanti Sen, Deputy Director (East Zone), West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services.

He said that controlling the pocket fires was taking time as the building was stuffed with goods.

A major fire broke out in a tyre godown at Shreeji Tower in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad. Several fire tenders have rushed to the spot.

According to the Chief Fire Officer, the fire broke out on the ground floor of a residential cum commercial building. No casualties or injuries have been reported so far.