Kalbadevi building fire: Mumbai firemen who died in blaze laid to rest
The last rites of firefighters M.N. Desai and S.W. Rane, who perished in the fire that engulfed 33 Gokul Niwas in South Mumbai took place in the presence of family members and fellow fire officials.
Their loved ones were inconsolable at the funeral ceremony.
Fellow firefighters pay their last respects. Pics/Datta Kumbhar
The funeral procession
Current Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar and ex-Mayor Shraddha Jadhav also paid a visit to offer their respects.
Both were reported missing since late Saturday evening when they rushed to fight the fire, an official of BMC Disaster Control said.
Loved ones grive the loss of the firemen M.N. Desai and S.W. Rane
Their badly charred bodies with more than 80 percent burns were recovered from the debris around 12.30 a.m., the official said.
These officers were deployed in combating a huge fire in 50-year old under repair Gokul Niwas in the congested Kalbadevi area of south Mumbai Saturday evening.
Four persons trapped inside the building were evacuated and scores of others from adjoining buildings were evacuated as a precaution in case the blaze spread further.
Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar and ex-mayor Shraddha Jadhav
Midway during the firefighting, the building collapsed in parts burying the two firemen Desai and Rane.
Chief fire officer of Mumbai Sunil Nesrikar and another senior officer S.G. Amin suffered serious burns in the incident.