While a refuge area of a high-rise is supposed to help residents of a building escape a fire, this time around, it was an adjacent building’s refuge area that came to the rescue of Ganesh Vita Sadan residents.
Residents of 17-storeyed German Darshan acted as saviours for survivors of Thursday's blaze, by converting their 14th floor refuge area into a shelter for those whose homes were left blazed and crumbled by the fire and the subsequent collapse.
Residents of German Darshan came together to ensure that hapless survivors from Ganesh Vita Sadan, with no money in their pockets, had a roof to live, food to eat and comfortable beds to sleep in.
While ladies from German Darshan organised a community kitchen and cooked for the victims of the blaze, their male counterparts went around rented beds and mattresses to ensure these victims had a comfortable stay.
Lalit Varma, a resident of German Darshan, who was instrumental in both rescue and sheltering operations, said, “All these victims are our neighbours and once we had rescued them, the immediate question that came to our minds was about their shelter. Hence, we quickly got things in order to ensure these residents did not have to worry about a roof over their heads.”
Harrowed survivors were offered home-cooked meals, mostly served by youngsters from the building. The survivors were all set to spend Thursday night in the ‘shelter’, putting off their worries about starting life afresh on Friday morning.