Kalachowki fire comes under control
A warehouse of metal items caught fire in Kalachowki area. The fire broke around 11.50 am on Tuesday and level 4 – a major fire call was declared by the Mumbai fire brigade at 12.24 pm.
Due to the fire, traffic at Shravani Yashawntaro Chowk has been stopped and is being diverted through Dattaram Lad Marg
The godown belongs to a private company called Eastern Metal Works located on Dattaram Lad Marg. Mumbai fire brigade’s 16 fire engines and 11 water jetties are involved in firefighting. Senior BMC officers including the Assistant Municipal Commissioner, Chief Fire Officer and others are on the spot.
“The fire was brought under control at 2.15 pm. The fire was confined to ground floored structure with mezzanine floor in an area of 4000 sq feet,” informed P S Rahanagdale Chief Fire Officer.
The fire had actually started at around 11.30 pm when it was a minor one and was also doused by people working in nearby offices. However, the people after 15 to 20 minutes realised that there was smoke coming again from the same shop and this time it was not in their hands to control the fire as it was spreading too rapidly. All the employees in time, ran out of the Eastern Company Compound and no body suffered any injuries.
“The fire broke in a godown of computers. There were many wires inside. The godown was not even opened from 3 – 4 months. We have no idea how the sop which was shut caught fire”, said Mahesh Gami who owned a decorative shop next to the godown.
At least 200 people residing in adjoining buildings were rescued. The Kalachowki area is a congested one with heavy footfall on working days. More information is awaited.
Thick black smoke could be seen from far even as police cordoned off the area leading to the fire site.
Fire safety rules in the city are under a scanner ever since 14 people perished in a massive inferno at roof-top pubs in the Kamala Mills Compound in Lower Parel on 28 December.
According to the official data of the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation released on Monday, nearly 300 fires have erupted in the city after the devastating blaze of the Kamala Mills Compound.
With inputs from ANI