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Gujarat: Times Group’s senior exec, wife killed in fire in their house (25.11.18)

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 bodies.photo

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.

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South Kolkata bank fire triggers panic (26.11.2018)

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.

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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.

Ten students rescued from fire in Surat (26.11.2018)

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.

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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.