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Huge Fire Breaks Out In Kothari Building in Mumbai’s Fort Area

Two fire brigade officials suffered injuries after a part of the building collapsed.

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India
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Fire breaks out inside Patel Chambers in Mumbai’s Fort area.
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The huge Level-4 blaze that erupted early morning at 4 am, on Saturday, 9 June, at Mumbai’s Kothari building has been brought under control.

Two firefighters have suffered minor injuries. Suhas Manik Mane sustained some injuries on his left hand and leg, while Sudhir Bhikaji Deolekar received injuries on his head, neck and both legs after getting stuck in the Aerial Ladder Platform being used to control the spread of the fire to the adjacent building. They were rescued and are now being treated at Mumbai’s Nair hospital.

No casualties were reported.

Parts of the building collapsed in the process of dousing the fire. One fire engine and Aerial Ladder Platform was extensively damaged because of fallen debris on both the vehicles, during fire fighting due to the sudden collapse in the southern portion of the building.

Parts of the building collapsed while dousing the fire.
Parts of the building collapsed while dousing the fire.
(Photo: ANI)

18 fire engines, 11 lines of 16 Motor pumps and 11 water tankers, along with 150 fire officers had been rushed to the spot to douse the Level-4 blaze.

“Timely order and flashing SOS to carry out fire fighting operation from safe distance, as well as the decision to withdraw jets operating near the building, a few minutes before the collapse and concentration on adjoining building to restrict the spread averted major disaster and loss of lives of the crew,” said Prabhat Rahangdale, Chief Fire Officer.

(This is a developing story. Further details are awaited.)

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