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Cause of Fire in Chakala-Andheri lift shaft still unknown

IndiaNewsNetwork.IN | 6th Sept 2015: The cause of the fire that broke out in a commercial complex on 29th August is still not known.

Around 10.15pm according to fire brigade officials there was a fire in the lift shaft of Pramukh Plaza located at Chakala Andheri East. No injuries have been reported yet.

Eight tenders were rushed to the spot.

Two firemen sustained minor injuries, while a person was rescued in two separate fire incidents in Andheri and Malad, respectively. Taking a serious note of the lack of fire fighting systems, the Mumbai Fire Brigade has decided to issue notices to owners of both the buildings, where the fire took place.

According to fire officials, they will send notices to the building managements seeking their explanation for their negligent approach towards firefighting systems. The fire brigade had also written to power supply companies at both the places asking them to discontinue power supply to both the buildings in case they fail to put their firefighting system in place in the next few days.

On Sunday at around 9.25 pm, a major fire broke out in the seven-storey Main Pramukh Plaza building at Andheri Sakinaka. The fire took place due to a short circuit on the third floor, which soon spread to the fourth floor. Two firemen — Ramesh Chauhan and Mohammad Kazi — suffered minor injuries in the fire, which was brought under control after four hours.

In the second incident, a fire broke out in eight-storey Palm Spring building on Andheri New Link Road at Malad at 12 noon. Four flats on the fifth floor were gutted in the blaze. The fire brigade rushed eight water tankers to douse the fire, which was brought under control by 2.20 pm.

In May, four senior fire officers died while trying to douse the flames at Gokul Niwas, a commercial-cum-residential building at Kalbadevi. Following the incident, the fire brigade began to take serious note of buildings with defunct firefighting equipment.

Recently, the fire brigade also decided to check the firefighting system at malls after a fire broke out in Kenilworth mall where the KFC restaurant is based on Linking Road in Bandra. The mall had violated rules and made several alterations to the structure, which affected firefighting operations, said firemen.

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