Fire on 15th floor of south Mumbai building inconveniences office goers

Aug 22, 2013, 22:23 IST | Iram Siddique

A fire that broke out in commercial offices at Eastern House at South Mumbai's Nariman Point on Wednesday night may have been brought under control without any loss of life, but did inconvenience many office-goers on Thursday.

 A fire that broke out on the 15th floor of a building in south Mumbai on Wednesday night inconvenicing office goers on Thursday.

The fire that raged in the office of Nakoda Ltd in Eastern House near NCPA in Nariman Point forced several commercials offices in the building to remain shut on Thursday. The elevators being non-operational left most office-goers severely inconvenienced.

While some employees had to climb up a ladder to reach their offices, many others who had come to the building for some work had to return since they couldn’t climb the ladder.

“I had come here to deliver a parcel, but I was told to walk up fourteen floors. I prefer coming some later,” said a deliveryman.

The fire broke out on the Wednesday at around 8:30 pm while certain employees were still present in the building. A Security guard requesting anonymity said, “I was on duty when the employees from the office came out running. I immediately made a few calls and after making sure that there was left inside I too came down.”

Though it was a minor blaze, it took the fire brigade almost one and a half hour to bring it under control.

“As it was a high-rise building it took considerable time. It took us almost an hour to get the situation under control. It was a little difficult because of the height and strong wind. However, we managed,” said PS Rhanade, Chief Fire Official (South Bombay).

“I was sitting in my shop when the fire broke out. Though we couldn’t see any flames, the entire night sky was filled with smoke. There was smoke around the entire area including Vidhan Bhavan” said a shopkeeper in the area.

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