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THANE: A prominent cafe outlet at Hariniwas circle in Thane (W) suffered major damages after a fire broke out in the premises early on Friday. Luckily, there was no one inside the premises when the incident occurred.


According to the Thane fire brigade, the blaze was reportedly triggered by a short circuit around 8am which later spread to the unit and caused notable damage. The outlet was yet to be opened for business when the incident is reported to have occurred, officials said. The RDMC & fire brigade from two fire stations in the city were alerted that rushed to the spot with two fire engines and a rescue vehicle. While the premises is known to have suffered the damage, there were no casualties or injuries, the RDMC Thane officials said.


The fire, declared level three, broke out on the 14th floor of Sargam Society in Chembur. Prima facie fire brigade officials are suspecting short circuit as the cause of the fire.

ChemburFire01At least five people died after a fire broke out in a 16-storey residential building in suburban Mumbai’s Tilak Nagar area Thursday evening. Two others, including a fireman, were also injured in the fire that started at the 14th floor of Sargam Society (G+16) at building number 35, B Wing, in Chembur, near Ganesh Garden, at 7.50 pm Thursday. The fire has been doused, and cooling down operation is underway.

According to the disaster management cell, the fire was reported on the 10th floor of the 16-storey building and later spread to other floors. Prima facie fire brigade officials are suspecting short circuit as the cause of the fire. Officials said initially, the fire was minor but later it escalated to a Level 3 (major) fire as it spread.

The fire brigade sent six fire engines and six water tankers to the spot. Local corporator Shusham Sawant said, “The fire fighting system of the building was not working properly. Also, double parking (by residents) on the road delayed fire brigade vehicles from reaching the spot.”

Four people were earlier admitted to the nearby Rajawadi Hospital, where three, including two women, were declared brought dead by the hospital authorities. The deceased were identified as Sunita Joshi, Bhalchandra Joshi, both 72, and Suman Shrinivas Joshi, 83. A search and rescue operation by the Mumbai Fire Brigade is underway, said the official from the Disaster Management Unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

CHANDIGARH: A major fire broke out in the Sector 53 furniture market on Tuesday night, destroying around 30 shops. The fire and emergency wing of the municipal corporation received the call at 10.05 pm. Eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot. One fire tender from Mohali fire services was also pressed into service.

A short-circuit was suspected to be the reason. Police blocked the entry on the road dividing Sectors 53 and 54, putting up barricades on the Sector 42 roundabout to Mohali. The presence of highly inflammable material like varnish, thinner and foam, stored inside shops made the job of firefighters difficult.Violations galore in Sec 53 furniture market There are a number of fire safety violations in the market.


There was no passage for movement of fire tenders behind the shops. Besides, a majority of shopkeepers has not kept fire extinguishers. Meanwhile, officials of the fire and emergency services said there is a legal problem in issuing notice to traders for fire safety violations as the market is illegal. Till the filing of the report, firefighters were trying to control the blaze. It was ninth fire incident in the market in last 12 years.

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.