Six children suffered burns when a major fire broke out in godowns and surrounding shanties at Dana Bandar, near Masjid Bunder railway station on Monday evening.
Among the six, a 13-year-old Ramjan Imran Shaikh suffered 70% burns while a 12-year-old Salman, suffered with 20% burn injuries. They have been admitted to JJ Hospital.
The fire gutted around 20 shanties and godowns, and left six children, of 4 to 13 years, with multiple burn injuries. It took the firemen three hours to bring the blaze under control.
A few shanties between Masjid station and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), along the seventh line, caught fire around 6pm and it soon spread to the surrounding huts. Twelve fire engines and six jumbo water tankers were deployed at the site to douse it. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained.
According to sources, the fire brigade found it difficult to reach the site because of the narrow lanes and congested alleys in the area. Meanwhile, police was deployed for to manage the crowd in the area.
The blaze affected suburban services on Central Railway (CR) mainline in the evening peak hours. The CR had switched off the power supply to the fast lines from 6.13pm to 7.45pm and diverted trains on slow line.
The incident led to crowding at the CST railway station and several other stations on the central line. Commuters complained about remaining stuck at CST for about 20 minutes to catch a Kalyan–bound fast local train. 16 suburban trains were cancelled while few trains were running 30 minutes late.
In meantime, the CR tweeted: “Hutment besides 7th line between CST-Masjid caught fire. Overhead equipment (OHE) of up and down fast lines switched off at 6.13 pm and trains on slow lines running.” When contacted, the divisional railway manager of CR Ravindra Goyal said, “Both the fast lines services were stopped for 90 minutes and services were restored at 7.45pm.”
However, the 7th line remained non-operational till late which affected the long-distance trains. Also, Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking (BEST) stepped in and arranged for additional services from CST for stranded commuters.
Meanwhile, speaking about the injured kids who were admitted to the hospital, Dr TP Lahane, dean of J J Hospital said that six patients were brought to the hospital out of which one has sustained 70%burn injuries and is critical. “13-year-old Ramjan has sustained deep third degree burns and is on life support. The others have sustained anywhere between 11%-20% burn injuries but are stable,” said Dr Lahane. The children who are under treatment have been recognised as Salman Imran Khan, Jirro , Rehman Shaikh, Vinayak and Sameer.
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