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Fire officer Sudhir Amin, injured in Kalbadevi building blaze, dead

Deputy chief fire officer Sudhir Amin, who had suffered 90% burn injuries during last week's fire-fighting operation at a building in south Mumbai's Kalbadevi, died on Thursday.

mumbai Updated: May 14, 2015 23:21 IST
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Deputy chief fire officer Sudhir Amin, who had suffered 90% burn injuries during last week's fire-fighting operation at a building in south Mumbai's Kalbadevi, died on Thursday.

Aman succumbed to injuries at the National Burns Centre in Airoli on Thursday. He had sustained 90% burns and died of multiple organ failure, hospital authorities said.

Amin, who was awarded a President’s medal for displaying exceptional bravery while rescuing people during the 26/11 terror attack in the city, is the third officer to have lost his life to the Kalbadevi fire.

The fire at Gokul Niwas building in Kalbadevi on April 9 had claimed the lives of assistant divisional fire officer SW Rane and station officer MN Desai the same day.

Amin was battling for life for the last six days, and had undergone a few surgeries. "We tried our best, but could not save him," said a doctor at the National Burns Centre, Airoli.

"We operated on his lower limbs and wanted to perform further operations, but his kidney was not functioning well and he was on ventilator for the last three days," said a hospital official, adding that Amin showed a remarkable willpower to survive. He had sustained 90% burns and died of multiple organ failure, hospital authorities said.

Chief fire officer Sunil Nesrikar, who suffered 50% burns, was responding well to the treatment and recuperating, he added.


The Mumbai fire brigade officals gave a guard of honour to late fire officer Sudhir Amin at the Byculla fire station in Mumbai. (Kunal Patil/HT photo)


Grieving colleagues of deputy chief fire officer Sudhir Amin remembered him as an inspiring man who ‘led his team from the front.'

Amin, who was awarded a President’s medal for displaying exceptional bravery while rescuing people during the 26/11 terror attack in the city, is the third officer to have lost his life to the Kalbadevi fire.

Mumbai’s fire brigade department has lost one of the most efficient officers, his colleagues said.

Amin was given a guard of honour by the department at the Byculla fire brigade Command Centre on Thursday night, after which his body was taken to Chembur on an open truck, for last rites.

“It is a huge loss to the department, as the experience of senior officers like Amin plays a major role during fire-fighting operations. He was one of the most daring officers the department ever had, who led his team from the front and has been an inspirational figure for many firemen,” said Rajendra Chaudhary, assistant divisional fire officer, who worked with him for 26 years.

Amin was recently nominated for a gallantry medal for his contribution to firefighting operations at the Lotus building fire in Andheri last year.

Amin is survived by his wife Sharmila Amin, daughter Pranavi Amin, who studies in senior kindergarten, while his son Yashas Amin is studying in Class 2.

Amin joined the force in 1989 as an assistant station officer, and was recently promoted to the post of deputy chief fire officer.

“He was a professional trekker and a master in rappelling. He also led a team and trained them for rope rescue operations,” said KV Hiwrale, deputy chief fire officer.

Maharashtra governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao expressed grief over Amin's death.

"Shri Amin demonstrated exemplary courage while discharging his duty... . He risked his own life to save that of others. Shri Amin is a martyr who died in the line of duty," the governor said in a message.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnvis also condoled Amin's death.

Amin, along with five officers including chief fire officer Sunil Nesrikar, Rane, Desai and Chaudhary had entered Gokul Nivas building in Kalbadevi, when a portion of the burning structure collapsed. Nesrikar was injured with 50% burns and is recuperating at the National Burns Centre. “He died of multiple organ failure from septicaemia as a result of extensive burns,” said Dr S Keswani from National Burns Centre, Airoli. Amin had 90% burns with inhalation injuries.



Family members of late fire officer Sudhir Amin at the Byculla fire station in Mumbai. (Kunal Patil/HT photo)

(With PTI inputs)