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Powai blaze: Fire department to file FIR against society over lapses

Holding the society responsible for five major lapses, the Mumbai fire department on Thursday initiated the process of filing a first information report against the Lake Lucerne building, where a massive fire claimed seven lives on Saturday.

mumbai Updated: Jun 11, 2015 23:04 IST
HT Correspondent
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At-least-seven-people-died-and-several-people-were-injured-after-a-fire-broke-out-at-a-21-storey-building-in-Powai-in-Mumbai-ANI-photo

Holding the society responsible for five major lapses, the Mumbai fire department on Thursday initiated the process of filing a first information report against the Lake Lucerne building, where a massive fire claimed seven lives on Saturday.

“The local police station has looked at the investigation report into the Powai fire incident. An FIR is being filed,” said Vinayak Deshmukh, deputy commissioner of police, zone 10.

Mazhar Thakur, chairperson of Lake Lucerne, refused to comment on the issue.

According to the report, a spark in the air-conditioner because of short circuit led to the fire. The report has pointed to lapses such as the absence of sprinklers from the lobby to the 14th floor, an open electrical duct, a locked terrace, haphazard parking, which hindered the firefighting process and added to the tragedy. The report also stated the electrical duct of the building was open and there was no fire-resistant zone to allow smoke to travel through the building.

HT had, in its report, said the fire department was looking into the lapses by the society. PS Rahangdale, acting chief fire officer, said, “There were various lapses in the building because of which we decided to file an FIR against the society.”

WHAT THE REPORT SAID

According to the investigation report, a spark in the air-conditioner because of short circuit led to the fire

While sprinklers were available from the 15th floor to 21st floor, the facility was not available from the lobby to the 14th floor

The report stated the electrical duct of the building was open and there was no fire-resistant zone for passage of smoke.