Kalbadevi fire: Third braveheart fireman passes away

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Sudhir Amin, who was among those seriously injured when the Kalbadevi building collapsed after a fire on Saturday night, succumbed to his injuries on Thursday at the National Burns Center in Airoli.

50-year-old Amin's death is said to have been caused due to multiple organ failure. Amin was reportedly in the ICU on ventilator support when his condition began to deteriorate.

Amin passed away at around 4.15 pm, after having fought for his life for six days..

Amin -- who was awarded the President's Gold Medal for meritorious services during the November, 2008, Mumbai terror attacks -- was on May 11 belatedly granted a promotion due since over five months by the BMC last Monday.

He, along with Chief Fire Officer Sunil Nesarikar, was injured while battling the blaze in Gokul Niwas building in the congested Kalbadevi locality last Saturday. Nesrikar is said  to be critical.

Amin had sustained 95 per cent fourth degree burns, except for the chest and abdomen area. His respiratory tract too was damaged because of the smoke he inhaled since he had been stuck under the debris.

Amin's body will be brought to Byculla Fire Station at 8 pm for colleagues and other people to offer their respects.

With Amin's death, the toll in the fire tragedy climbed to three. The bodies of two other firemen - M.M. Desai and S.W. Rane - who went missing last Saturday during the fire-fighting, were found early Sunday from the debris of the building which had collapsed later.

“Damage to Amin's health was more grievous as he was stuck under the debris for almost two hours. Sunil Nesrikar was stuck for almost 15 minutes,” said Dr. Keswani who's been treating them at National Burns Center.

The BMC has committed to look after the families of the deceased firemen by way of speedy compensation and clearance of dues, giving a civic job to one family member, looking after all educational expenses of their children and allotting a house to the surviving family.

Simultaneously, the BMC ordered a probe into the Gokul Niwas tragedy to be completed within three weeks and an audit of all fire-hazard buildings to be completed within a month for initiating remedial measures.

This was second major traumatic incident in the past 10 months for the Mumbai fire brigade, officially existing since April 1887.

Last year, on July 18, a fireman was killed on duty while battling a blaze in Lotus Business Park, a commercial high-rise in Andheri west.

(With Agency Inputs)

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