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The attendants claim that over 70% of the calls received are either abusive in nature or the wrong ones.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

Apart from battling blaze, Ludhiana fire dept officials fighting obnoxious calls

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harsimran Singh Batra
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2018 03:22 PM IST
The officials of firesafety department at Ludhiana are irked over the abusive calls regularly made on 101 helpline number.
The fire broke out in the wee hours of Wednesday, while the workers were working on the second floor of the building.(HT Photo)
The fire broke out in the wee hours of Wednesday, while the workers were working on the second floor of the building.(HT Photo)

Four locked workers choke to death in Ludhiana factory fire

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harsimran Singh Batra
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2018 09:49 AM IST
Short circuit is suspected to be the cause of the fire at the unit that was locked from outside, giving the workers no option to escape.
Aer at Four Seasons is one of the many rooftop restaurants that can now apply for a liquor licence.(HT file)
Aer at Four Seasons is one of the many rooftop restaurants that can now apply for a liquor licence.(HT file)

Rooftop restaurants at Mumbai’s star hotels can now serve liquor

Hindustan Times | By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2018 12:22 AM IST
State excise department will accept applications for liquor licences
Notices will be served to owners of identified properties from Wednesday evening.(HT Representative Photo)
Notices will be served to owners of identified properties from Wednesday evening.(HT Representative Photo)

Delhi’s municipal bodies conducts survey to identify ‘illegal’ farmhouses

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2018 03:43 AM IST
The north and south Delhi municipal corporations, on the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee’s directions, have launched a drive to identify farmhouses and motels that have come up in violation of land-use norms.
Fire fighters dousing the fire at Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing complex in southeast Washington on September 19.(Twitter/ @MayorBowser)
Fire fighters dousing the fire at Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing complex in southeast Washington on September 19.(Twitter/ @MayorBowser)

74-year-old man found alive after 5 days inside fire-gutted complex in US

Washington | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 05:14 PM IST
On Monday, a team of engineers was examining the damaged building to assess its structural integrity when they heard the man shouting.
Hundreds of commuters and residents gathered at Darbaripur crossing to witness the rescue operation.(Yogesh Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Hundreds of commuters and residents gathered at Darbaripur crossing to witness the rescue operation.(Yogesh Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Cow falls in Badshahpur drain in Gurugram, rescued by firefighters and police

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Leena Dhankhar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2018 05:08 AM IST
This is not the first time an animal has fallen into the drain. Similar incidents were reported in February, March, and May this year.
“It is not possible to place a fireman in every high rise. It the developer’s responsibility to make sure that their building is fire safe.(Samson Tupdal/HT Photo)
“It is not possible to place a fireman in every high rise. It the developer’s responsibility to make sure that their building is fire safe.(Samson Tupdal/HT Photo)

2,600 high-rises violated fire safety norms in 4 years

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Steffy Thevar, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2018 05:50 AM IST
These buildings include residential as well as commercial and were above 24 metres, which is usually more than four-storey.
Firefighters spray water to extinguish a fire at the Bagree market building in Kolkata on September 17, 2018.(AFP Photo)
Firefighters spray water to extinguish a fire at the Bagree market building in Kolkata on September 17, 2018.(AFP Photo)

Kolkata’s Bagree Market fire under control after 3 days

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2018 02:15 PM IST
The fire at Kolkata’s Bagree Market gutted at least 1,000 business establishments inside the G+5 building, causing huge losses to traders ahead of Durga Puja.
A firefighter walks as others try to douse a fire that broke out at a wholesale market in Kolkata, India, September 16, 2018.(REUTERS Representative Photo)
A firefighter walks as others try to douse a fire that broke out at a wholesale market in Kolkata, India, September 16, 2018.(REUTERS Representative Photo)

Factories gutted in Delhi’s Udyog Nagar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2018 02:58 AM IST
A massive fire gutted two footwear manufacturing units in outer Delhi’s Udyog Nagar on Sunday
On January 20, the firecracker factory in Bawana was gutted, leaving 17 workers dead.(HT File Photo)
On January 20, the firecracker factory in Bawana was gutted, leaving 17 workers dead.(HT File Photo)

Bawana fire: Delhi court rejects cops’ plea to cancel bail of accused

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Richa Banka
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2018 10:31 AM IST
A Delhi court has dismissed Delhi Police’s plea to cancel the bail of Ankit Jain, the co-accused and son of main accused Manoj Jain in the Bawana factory blaze, after he told the court he would deposit Rs 34 lakh for the families of those who died in the fire.
The decision to buy the eight motorcycles (pic above), each costing ₹6.5 lakh, was taken after they were purchased by the Chandigarh fire department to fight flames in congested areas. (HT Photo)
The decision to buy the eight motorcycles (pic above), each costing ₹6.5 lakh, was taken after they were purchased by the Chandigarh fire department to fight flames in congested areas. (HT Photo)

Water-mist motorcycles to beef up Gurugram’s fire-fighting capacity

Hindustan Times | By Kartik Kumar, Gurugram
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2018 05:29 AM IST
The move is expected to significantly reduce the response time of the department, especially in areas such as Sadar Bazaar, Jacobpura, DLF Phase 1 market, DLF Galleria market, Islampur and Jharsa village.
Vehicular traffic and encroachments block the way of a fire tender in Pune on Friday.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
Vehicular traffic and encroachments block the way of a fire tender in Pune on Friday.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

No more high-rise buildings in Pune, till we are fire-ready, pleads fire brigade

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Parth Welankar
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2018 05:12 PM IST
One of the basic requirements for any fire brigade to fight fire incidents in high-rise buildings, above 100 metres vertical length, is the number of snorkels it has. A snorkel is a platform or bucket attached onto a mechanically bending arm installed onto a fire truck. This helps the fire brigade officials reach the top where the fire has occurred. However, currently, the city fire department has only two snorkels with them, having capacity to deal with fire incidents up to a vertical limit of 100 metres. 
The fire killed four people.
The fire killed four people.

Parel fire in Mumbai: More residents move back into flats

Hindustan Times | By Steffy Thevar, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 25, 2018 01:39 AM IST
The flats are without water or power supply.
Unused chassis biting dust at fire station in Viishwakarma fire station, for past four years, in Jaipur.(HT Photo)
Unused chassis biting dust at fire station in Viishwakarma fire station, for past four years, in Jaipur.(HT Photo)

10 fire tender chassis worth Rs 1.16 crore gathering dust for four years in Jaipur

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Jaykishan Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 07:52 PM IST
The vehicles were touted as the firefighting solution for narrow lanes of Jaipur’s walled city where the bigger fire tenders couldn’t enter.
South Asians moved by the rains, the Rajneesh cult running amok in America, and adventures on the hippie trail - all that on this week’s list of exciting books.(HT Team)
South Asians moved by the rains, the Rajneesh cult running amok in America, and adventures on the hippie trail - all that on this week’s list of exciting books.(HT Team)

HT Picks: The week’s most interesting reads

Hindustan Times | By HT Team
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2018 12:10 AM IST
This week’s reading list includes a book on the monsoon, another on the hippie trail, and one on Rajneesh in the US
The proposal for the skylift was given by the fire brigade two years ago. But, the administration has not yet bought the equipment.(Praful Gangurde)
The proposal for the skylift was given by the fire brigade two years ago. But, the administration has not yet bought the equipment.(Praful Gangurde)

Thane civic body ill-equipped to fight fire in high-rises

Hindustan Times | By Megha Pol, Thane
PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2018 12:26 AM IST
The fire department in the city does not have the 90-metre Bronto Skylift, which is essential to douse fires in high-rises
Demonstration of fire robot at the JMC in Jaipur.(HT PHOTO)
Demonstration of fire robot at the JMC in Jaipur.(HT PHOTO)

In constricted areas, Smart City wants ‘fire robots’ to battle flames

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2018 09:29 PM IST
A fire awareness programme was organised at Malviya Nagar’s Gaurav Tower on Saturday.
Although there were no casualties on Sunday, the fire led to widespread destruction of property in Ambedkar nagar behind market yard in Pune.(RAVINDRA JOSHI/HT PHOTO)
Although there were no casualties on Sunday, the fire led to widespread destruction of property in Ambedkar nagar behind market yard in Pune.(RAVINDRA JOSHI/HT PHOTO)

Fifth incident of fire at Pune’s Ambedkarnagar slum

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Nadeem Inamdar
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2018 02:50 PM IST
According to fire safety experts , the PMC must also find out how the illegal hutments received electricity connections and water supply.
Rescuers patrol to look for missing people after two boats capsized in Guilin in southern China.(AFP)
Rescuers patrol to look for missing people after two boats capsized in Guilin in southern China.(AFP)

17 killed as 2 dragon boats capsize in southern China

Associated Press, Beijing | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2018 08:57 AM IST
The boats were practising Saturday for a race in the Taohua River in the city of Guilin when the accident happened, said the fire department of the city of Guilin, capital of Guangxi region.
In its budget for fiscal 2018-’19, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has not proposed any allocation for a ladder that could reach fires at a height of more than 42 metres.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
In its budget for fiscal 2018-’19, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has not proposed any allocation for a ladder that could reach fires at a height of more than 42 metres.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Gurugram: Fire department has no ladder to fight high-rise blazes

Hindustan Times | By Kartik Kumar, Gurugram
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 10:37 PM IST
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has not allocated a penny to the fire department to purchase a 101 metre hydraulic ladder to help them fight fires in high-rises
In Decembers, last year, a restaurant at Kamala Mills in Mumbai was gutted in fire. The restaurant was found to have no fire safety measures in place.(HT File Photo)
In Decembers, last year, a restaurant at Kamala Mills in Mumbai was gutted in fire. The restaurant was found to have no fire safety measures in place.(HT File Photo)

Monday Musings: Is Pune waiting for a fire tragedy at pubs, eateries?

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Abhay Vaidya
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2018 04:33 PM IST
The Pune Municipal Corporation needs to take immediate action on fire department’s warning rather than wait for a tragedy to break out.
Firefighters douse a fire at Bais Godown in Jaipur. Repeated incidents of fire in the past few months in the city have kept the fire department personnel on their toes.(HT File)
Firefighters douse a fire at Bais Godown in Jaipur. Repeated incidents of fire in the past few months in the city have kept the fire department personnel on their toes.(HT File)

Decoding the flames: Why is Jaipur burning?

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Nitika Kakkar
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2018 09:45 PM IST
Rise in fire incidents in Jaipur in the recent years has forced the city’s people to demand a law on fire safety
Baner residents formed a human chain on Baner road on March 25, 2017.(HT PHOTO)
Baner residents formed a human chain on Baner road on March 25, 2017.(HT PHOTO)

Your Space: Do rooftop bars have permission to play loud music outdoors?

Hindustan Times, Pune | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2018 04:41 PM IST
Baner residents have been protesting against pubs and bars in their locality for over two years now. Hindustan Times had reported on their crusade against pubs and bars playing loud music and causing nuisance in the area. Here, residents throw more light on the issue.
14 people were killed in the Kamala Mills fire in December 2017.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
14 people were killed in the Kamala Mills fire in December 2017.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Kamala Mills fire effect: Mumbai civic body may give its health dept powers to seal eateries

Hindustan Times | By Eeshanpriya M S, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2018 12:00 PM IST
Currently, only the fire brigade has the power to seal premises where it sees an ‘imminent danger’ of fire under the fire Safety Act, 2014 , which is used as the last resort
ACB stated that issuing licenses after accepting bribes may result in serious ramifications.(HT FILE)
ACB stated that issuing licenses after accepting bribes may result in serious ramifications.(HT FILE)

2 civic officials arrested for demanding9,000 bribe in Mumbai

Hindustan Times | By Pratik Salunke, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2018 12:26 AM IST
The officials demanded the graft from a scientific equipment supplier to pass a favourable report regarding his establishment.
Ten bikes and a car were gutted at a residential building in Vijay Nagar early Tuesday.(Sakib Ali /HT Photo)
Ten bikes and a car were gutted at a residential building in Vijay Nagar early Tuesday.(Sakib Ali /HT Photo)

Six bikes, car gutted in fire at Ghaziabad high-rise

Hindustan Times | By Peeyush Khandelwal, Ghaziabad
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2018 11:08 PM IST
Fire department officials said an electrical short circuit may have started the fire around 2am. The flames soon spread to the stilt floor where they had parked their vehicles.
The facility, which was conceived eight years ago, has not received building clearances and several services are yet to be placed in order. Even then out of three floors, two were thrown open for users while work in the basement is still on.(S Burmaula / HT Photos)
The facility, which was conceived eight years ago, has not received building clearances and several services are yet to be placed in order. Even then out of three floors, two were thrown open for users while work in the basement is still on.(S Burmaula / HT Photos)

Civic agency opens ‘unfinished’ NFC car parking in a jiffy

Hindustan Times | By Vibha Sharma, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2018 03:37 PM IST
Residents are unhappy with the opening of the unfinished New Friends Colony’s multilevel parking facility and allege that BJP and Congress are trying to take credit for the projects as the municipal polls draw near
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