Mumbai(web team): Two firemen died and two suffered serious burns after a massive blaze brought down residential-cum-commercial complex– Gokul Building in Kalbadevi area of South Mumbai, on Saturday evening.
An inferno rages at the 1940 Gokul building in Hanuman Gali in Kalbadevi on Saturday evening. Soon after the structure caught fire, the building collapsed. Two fire officers who were trapped inside died, while two others sustained burn injuries, one of whom is being taken to the hospital. Hemant Padalkar, Abhinav Kocharekar dna
These two senior fire officers–SW Rane and MN Desai were pulled out from the debris late night and rushed to GT hospital where they were declared brought dead, confirmed the hospital.
SG Amin, Additional Divisional Fire Officer (ADFO) sustained 90 percent burns, while Sunil Nesarikar, Chief Fire Officer sustained 50 percent burns. Nesarikar was one of the senior fire officer actively involved in 26/11 Taj rescue operation. Both the officers were rushed to the National Burns Centre, Airoli.
A ‘brigade call’ was declared by the Mumbai Fire Brigade even as panic gripped the area. The fire broke out at 4.30 pm and soon started spreading. As panic spread, traders and residents of the neighbouring building started running helter-skelter. Rescue personnel were sweating it out to bring the fire under control when the building collapsed at around 9.30 pm.
It was then that the Mumbai Fire Brigade declared ‘Brigade Call’. All the stakeholders and agencies of the state and BMC in the city were asked to chip in with help. Initially eight fire engines were pressed in service, which were increased to 15 and later after Brigade Call, 35 fire engines from fire stations across the city were called for the rescue operation and fire fighting.
Property worth crores of rupees is believed to have perished. The building was under renovation and collapsed as it could not sustain the heat.