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Short circuit has caused 80% of Mumbai fires over past three years, says fire brigade

The city has seen around 15,000 fires in the past three years

mumbai Updated: Nov 01, 2017 11:03 IST
Eeshanpriya MS
A major fire that gutted one of the stages at RK Studios, Chembur, was due to a short circuit.
A major fire that gutted one of the stages at RK Studios, Chembur, was due to a short circuit.(HT File)

The city has seen more than 15,000 fires in the past three years, of which about 80% or 12,000 have been caused by short circuits, according to the Mumbai fire brigade.

Data accessed by Hindustan Times from the Mumbai fire brigade reveals that 5,021 fires occurred in Mumbai in 2016-17, 5,224 in 2015-16 and 4,831 in 2014-15.

P Rahangdale, chief fire officer of the Mumbai fire brigade, said the most common cause of fires is faulty electrical wiring in old buildings.

Last week, a major fire caused by a short circuit gutted a portion of the Bandra home of cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Similarly, the fire brigade concluded that the cause of the fire at iconic RK Studios in September was a short-circuit. While no injuries were reported, the two incidents caused extensive damage to the properties.

Apart from short circuit, other causes include accidents, cylinder blast and arson.

The city’s fires have killed five fire brigade officials and injured more than 28 officials in the past three years, while for the decade, the numbers stood at eight and 250, respectively. Four top officials, including fire chief Sunil Nesrikar, lost their lives in a major fire in an old residential building at Gukal Niwas in Kalbadevi in May 2015. In this case too, a short-circuit was the reason for the fire.

Seeing a spate in fires caused by short circuits, the fire brigade has intensified its awareness campaign in the city.

Rahangdale said, “The simplest way to prevent short circuit fires is timely audits of electric wiring. Mumbai has a lot of old buildings wherein electric wiring has undergone wear and tear. We have conducted several meetings with BEST to help the fire brigade spread awareness about this issue.” The fire brigade has also taken its awareness drive to schools and conducted crash courses on fire safety for civilians.