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Water tanks emptied to douse flames

Acting on an impulse, each resident of Parvatiya Colony made dousing the horrendous blaze a personal prerogative.

india Updated: May 26, 2011 23:52 IST
Jatin Anand

Acting on an impulse, each resident of Parvatiya Colony made dousing the horrendous blaze a personal prerogative.

“The four of us were together at that time. We jumped from one terrace to another, breaking the locks on water tanks and filling water in whatever vessels we could get our hands on, before throwing them on the burning plane,” said Vicky, a small businessman.

As some of them took charge of the fire-fighting operation, others kept making frantic calls to the police and fire department. “There was no response from either. So we took matters in our own hands. It was strange how all of us, despite the darkness and chaos, worked as a team,” said Om Lata, a local resident.

Most of them tripped on the smouldering shrapnel and the concrete debris that the destroyed aircraft had left in its disastrous wake – but refused to give up. “I didn’t care about what could happen to me – I had to save my sister. But I guess humanity was the only consideration that her neighbours had,” said Satish Kumar, who lost three family members in the crash.