A fire broke out on the fourth floor of the ground plus 14-storey structure Tirupati Apartments opposite the Mahalaxmi temple on Saturday. The fire department will be issuing Tirupati apartments housing society a prosecution notice for non-functional fire-fighting system and open ducts that helped the smoke travel to upper floors. They are investigating the cause of fire.
A fire broke out in the afternoon around 3.30pm in the B-wing of Tirupati apartment following which, the fire brigade rushed 8 fire engines and 5 water tankers along with 1 ambulance, to the spot.
The apartment has commercial stores on the ground floor of the building facing the roadside. While there was difficulty in fighting fire owing to the unavailability of firefighting equipment, the fire was doused after two hours.
The fire officials said that no casualty or any serious injury was caused by the incident. One of the residents suffered breathlessness because of the smoke and after being treated was allowed to go home. The fire was confined to electric wiring, electric installations, house hold articles, split air-conditioner, kitchen articles in an area of 2,200 square feet on the fourth floor.
One of the fire officials, said, “The fire broke out in room number 401 and there was no one inside when we reached. The residents of this flat had already vacated. We however had to take the pipes and rush upstairs. If the firefighting system of the building was functional, the job would have been much easier for us.”
Chief fire officer, PS Rahangdale, said, “Their firefighting system was completely non-functional. The ducts carrying electrical wires too were not covered. We will be sending them a prosecution notice for the lapses.”
When asked about the fire department notice for non-functional firefighting system, one of the managing committee members residing in A-wing, who did not wish to be named, said, “There is nothing like that.”