A fire broke out in lawyer’s chamber block in Supreme Court on Sunday. Six fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the blaze was doused within an hour. Preliminary investigations suggest that the fire was caused due to short circuit.
The incident was reported around 12.30pm, when P H Parekh, who has chamber number 134, noticed smoke coming out of his office. “I was attending a tea party at the court when I saw the smoke and rushed to the office,” said Parekh, president of bar council at SC. He said the automatic sprinklers fitted inside the office failed to work though the alarm bell fitted to it had started ringing.
Senior fire officials said there were many papers inside the office which helped the fire to spread quickly. The building also had a large number of wooden furniture which was burnt in the blaze.
A major fire broke out at Hanaka Organics Pvt Ltd building in the Morivali MIDC area situated in Ambernath city. One of the directors of the company was killed in the fire while four others, including a fire brigade official were injured in the incident.
S Narayan is one among three directors of the company which was established in 1984. The fire officials said that the incident happened during lunch time when out of 9 people, 6 labourers were inside the canteen situated near the main gate. The men managed to escape after noticing the fire. The officials found that Narayan was inside company building and could not manage to escape.
The fire officials from Ambernath MIDC said they received a fire call at around 1.35pm from company after which they rushed to the spot and also alerted to nearby fire brigade offices. The fire was brought under control after three hours at about 4.30 pm.
The flames engulfed all the three units of the factory. The Ambernath police is probing the matter and said the cause of the fire is yet to ascertained.
A fire broke out on the eighth floor of a highrise in Walkeshwar.
The eighth floor of the 14-storey Purab Apartments, a residential building near the Malabar Hill police station, was gutted in the fire that broke out around 10.58pm.
The fire department officials claimed that there were no casualties at the time of going to press.
Around 15 fire tenders were pressed to extinguish the flames. An official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s disaster control centre confirmed that the flames were brought under control within an hour, without anyone sustaining any injuries.
“We pressed all fire tenders within minutes of getting the distress call as it is a highrise,” said a fire brigade official adding that the cause for the fire was yet to be established.
The fire had created a panic among the residents, who promptly vacated the building. The power supply was promptly cut off to stop the fire from spreading.
Last December, a massive fire that broke out on the 12th floor of the 26-storey Mont Blanc building in Kemps Corner had claimed lives of five of its residents, and injured five firefighters.
A fire broke out on the second floor of a seven-storey commercial building in Ballygunje area of the metropolis.
However,there was no casualty and nor anyone was trapped in the building, fire brigade sources said.
Seven fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The cause of the fire was possibly an electrical fault, sources said.
Fire scare at building in Marredpally
There was a minor scare in West Marredpally after fire broke out in a penthouse of a five-storied building.
The incident occurred around 10 am when residents of Vennela Mansion apartment complex in LIC Colony noticed thick smoke emanating out of the bedroom in the penthouse.
Fire brigade personnel evacuated the building. “The blaze destroyed the books, clothes and bedding in the room. The extent of the damage has not been assessed yet,” said G Venkateshwar, station fire officer in Secunderabad.
A 10-year-old girl and her mother were killed when a fire engulfed a house here on Thursday, the fire service said.
Four others were injured in the accident at Zakir Nagar. It took firefighters around two hours to douse the flames.
The second person who died was identified as the girl’s 40-year-old mother.