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.

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Kalbadevi building fire: Funeral of Mumbai firemen who died in blaze
Fellow firefighters pay their last respects. Pics/Datta Kumbhar

Kalbadevi building fire: Funeral of Mumbai firemen who died in blaze
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.

Kalbadevi building fire: Funeral of Mumbai firemen who died in blaze
Loved ones grive the loss of the firemen M.N. Desai and S.W. Rane

 Kalbadevi building fire: Funeral of Mumbai firemen who died in blaze

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.

Kalbadevi building fire: Funeral of Mumbai firemen who died in blaze

Kalbadevi building fire: Funeral of Mumbai firemen who died in blaze

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.

Kalbadevi building fire: Funeral of Mumbai firemen who died in blaze

Kalbadevi building fire: Funeral of Mumbai firemen who died in blaze
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.

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