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6 Mumbai firemen die while fighting blaze
Published on 18 Oct. 2009 10:40 PM IST
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In a Diwali tragedy, six firemen suffocated after successfully battling a fire in a multi-storeyed building here early Sunday, a senior officer said. The victims suffocated due to toxic fumes which engulfed the lift of the 14-storey building in which they were coming down to ground level after successfully battling the blaze on the terrace, Thane Chief Fire Officer Vijay Vaidya said. They got trapped in the lift and choked in the fumes accumulated there, Vaidya told IANS. All those killed were from the Wagle Estate Fire Brigade and had answered an emergency call around 4.30 a.m. on the top floor of the 14-storied Punarvasu Building in the posh Tarangan Complex. Vaidya said it was the second fire call from the same building in less than four hours as people were bursting Diwali crackers. “The first call was just before midnight when a minor fire broke out in a flat on the top floor of the building. Our men extinguished it and had returned to the fire-station,” he said. Later, a fire broke out on the terrace of the building as people celebrated Diwali, he said. The victims have been identified as J.C. Singh, Avdhut Thanekar, S.R. Jamadar, Kishore Patil, S.K.S. Shinde and Kale, an official from the fire control said. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan expressed shock at the tragedy and announced an ex-gratia patient of Rs.2 lakh (Rs.200,000) to the families of each of the victim. Besides, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) also announced a payment of Rs.5 lakh for the families of each of those killed, deputy resident district collector Amol Yadav said. “Apart from the statutory norms, the TMC would be providing all other help to the unfortunate victims’ families,” Yadav told IANS. 267 fires erupted in Delhi during Diwali At least 267 incidents of fire were reported in the national capital during Diwali, but there were no major cases among them, a fire service official said Sunday. “We received 207 fire calls till Saturday midnight. We received 60 calls till 6 a.m. (Sunday). They were mainly Diwali-related. The number is more than double the number we receive on a normal day,” a fire service official told IANS. He said on an average the fire service department gets 90 cases. “The good part, however, is that there were no major cases of fire across the city. There are a couple of places where we sent two or three fire tenders but the situation was under control,” the official added. In 2008, the fire brigade received over 270 calls, while in 2007 the figure was around 150 calls. Caption: TRAGIC DIWALI: The Tarangan building had reported two fire incidents through the Diwali night.

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