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My 2-year-old daughter saved us from cylinder blasts, says Mumbai woman

As soon as they walked out the stilt structure, which served as a residence for construction workers, the first cylinder blasted

mumbai Updated: Sep 08, 2017 09:12 IST
Sadaguru Pandit
Sadaguru Pandit
Hindustan Times
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Hasnara Lashkar with her daughter Jubaiya.(HT)

“My little girl saved our life,” said 27-year-old Hasnara Lashkar, a labourer’s wife who survived the fire in the under-construction building at Juhu on Wednesday. Hasnara and her two-year-old daughter Jubaiya walked away unscathed from the twin cylinder blast that caused six deaths and left 18 others injured.

“Around 9.45pm, Jubaiya said she wanted to urinate. I asked her to urinate inside the building but she insisted on going outside,” said Hasnara. As soon as they walked out the stilt structure, which served as a residence for construction workers, the first cylinder blasted.

“I didn’t realize what happened and started screaming at my husband who was on the first floor. He saw us and jumped resulting in minor injuries in his leg,” Hasnara said. Her husband Jillu Rehman was one of the six survivors who could jump out of the building before the second cylinder blast took place.

Fire officers said they got the fire under control within five minutes with the help two water tankers and three fire engines.

Originally from Kolkata, Hasnara had come to the city three months ago to meet her husband and see Mumbai. The family said they lost Rs5,000, debit cards and ID proofs in the fire.

Six other construction workers and their families including 12-year-old Taslima Mulla and three-year-old Shagun Gautam were pronounced dead at arrival at Cooper Hospital. “Four bodies were 100% burnt and were beyond recognition. We have secured blood and bone samples for DNA verification,” said a forensic expert.

“The people who jumped off the first floor, suffered minor injuries in legs and didn’t need admission. Nine men and three women suffered burn injuries between 50%-80% are currently under treatment,” said the doctors.

Cops book supervisor, contractor

An FIR has been filed against three people after six people died and 12 others were injured in a massive fire that broke out on the ground floor of an under-construction building in Juhu on Wednesday.

According to the Juhu police, the FIR was registered against the supervisor, contractor and one more person, who worked as their senior. The police, however, did not disclose their names.

They have been booked under sections 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

The major fire broke out on the ground floor of the 13-storey Prarthana building near Kaifi Azmi Park in Juhu at 9.48pm on Wednesday. The building is under-construction and labourers were living in 15 makeshift houses they built on its ground floor. The fire brigade sent three fire engines and two water tankers to the spot and managed to bring the fire under control fast.

P Rahangdale, chief fire officer of the Mumbai fire brigade, said, “Ten of the 18 people rushed to Cooper hospital were taken before the fire brigade arrived. Bodies of the six people who died in this unfortunate incident were so charred that we could not even identify their gender.”

Rahangdale said the LPG cylinders and stoves found at the site intensified the fire initially.

First Published: Sep 08, 2017 00:56 IST