26 evicted as flat in Pune catches fire, blaze cause unknown
Five fire tenders were pressed into service to control the toxic flames that gutted a flat containing pharmaceutical materials in Shaniwar pethUpdated: May 17, 2019 15:17 IST
At least 26 residents were evacuated from a burning residential building on Thursday morning.
The blaze broke out at 7.30 am in Joshi Sankul, near Prabhat Talkies in Shaniwar peth. Fire brigade and disaster relief teams rushed to the site and managed to bring 26 occupants of the residential society to safety.
According to the fire officials, five fire tenders were pressed into action to control the toxic flames that gutted a flat containing pharmaceutical material, including equipment for disabled people. Fire brigade personnel brought the fire under control within half an hour, however, thick clouds of white-grey smoke billowing out of the residential building made the evacuation difficult.
According to Prashant Ranpise, Pune city fire brigade chief, the fire broke out at 7.30 am, but the residents alerted the fire control room at 8.18 am.
Ranpise said, “A locked flat on the first floor of the residential complex containing pharmaceutical materials caught fire. We had to break-in to douse the blaze. The team had a difficult time evacuating the residents as most of them panicked and refused to come out of the flats. The fire brigade officials gave them breathing apparatus and after which they were evacuated.”
Ranpise said that the owner had turned the flat into a godown and stocked it with pharmaceutical material. “The chemicals led to the formation of a thick smoke, leading to a panic among the residents. The reason behind the fire could not be ascertained, but we are not ruling out short circuit,” he said.
Mukta Tilak, Pune mayor, visited the building following the incident. Tilak said that an inquiry will be conducted to find the cause of fire.
Some residents were also taken to the terrace of the building for safety. Fire brigade officials have expressed serious reservations about chemicals, equipment and products being stored in residential flats.
First Published: May 17, 2019 14:52 IST