Mumbai Fire Brigade’s deputy chief fire officer Prabhat Rahangdale was one of the first Fire Brigade personnel to reach the spot.
He told HT about the incident.
“It was my off day and was returning to my residence in Nariman Point and was passing by Apollo Bunder, when I saw a huge explosion near the dockyard.
Shortly after, I saw another massive explosion. Without waiting, I called up the fire control and told them that it was an emergency fire.
The severity of the fire was reflected in the massive explosions. I immediately resumed duty and, along with 8-10 fire engines, rushed to the spot.
Due to the explosions, even the adjoining submarine had caught fire. Hence, our first job was to contain the fire and ensure it didn’t engulf the second submarine too.
Even while we were conducting the operations, there were a couple of minor explosions, which, thankfully, did not injure any fire officials.
Soon, there were at least 16 fire engines at the spot, with nearly 180 fire personnel fighting the fire.
In about three and a half hours, we managed to contain the fire on the other submarine after which it was towed away into the sea.
However, while we were getting closer to controlling the fire at the INS Sindhurakshak, it started submerging.”