Days Before Birthday, 29-Yr-Old Firefighter Killed in Delhi Fire

A fortnight before he would have turned 29, Amit Kumar Balyan died saving lives after a building collapse in Delhi.

Updated03 Jan 2020, 01:53 PM IST
India
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A fortnight before he would have turned 29, Amit Kumar Balyan died saving lives after a building collapse in Peeragarhi area in northwest Delhi on Thursday, 2 January.

Balyan had joined the Delhi Fire Service as a fire operator after successfully completing his basic training on 10 June 2019. A resident of Meetnagar, he was posted at Kirti Nagar fire station.

He married in February 2019 and is survived by his wife, father, mother, a younger brother and two younger sisters.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday met Balyan’s family and said his government would provide a job to a family member of the deceased fireman.

What Happened At Peeragarhi?

The firefighter, who was rescued after a portion of the three-storey building collapsed following an explosion, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.

Officials said 17 others were injured in the fire that broke out early on Thursday.

Trapped for Almost Six Hours

Ved Pal Chhikara, assistant divisional officer of the fire department, said the rescue operation became difficult after the rear portion of the building collapsed following the explosion.

"We got information around 8 am regarding the collapse following a blast inside the building. Total four persons, including three firemen, were trapped. We broke the portions of two buildings on either side of the premises where fire occurred,” Chhikara said.

“Civilians were taken out first, following which two firemen – Manjeet and Mahavir – were moved out. Balyan was the last person who was rescued around 3 pm. He was taken to Balaji Hospital where he was declared dead.”
Ved Pal Chhikara, assistant divisional officer of the fire department

Delhi Fire Service Fire Director Atul Garg said Balyan was trapped for almost six hours.

He was on the ground floor during the rescue operation and died due of injuries suffered when a mould of debris fell on him, Garg added.

‘Thought My Son Will Be Fine’

Balyan's wife Shivani is a constable in UP police and posted in Ghaziabad. His father Babu Ram is an assistant sub-inspector in Delhi Police.

Surrounded by relatives outside the mortuary of Sanjay Gandhi Hospital, where Balyan's body is kept for post-mortem, Ram was numb with shock.

“I did not tell my family about the incident when I received a call. I thought my son had suffered minor injuries and would be fine. Later, when I reached the spot, there were many fire tenders and my son was under the debris,” said the father.

The government gives an ex-gratia of Rs one crore to the family of uniformed services personnel who died in line of duty.

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Published: 02 Jan 2020, 05:15 PM IST
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