Mumbai: Fire in Pydhonie building; four residents rescued

Updated: Dec 22, 2016, 20:46 IST | Gaurav Sarkar

Blaze started in ground floor shop of two-storey building around midnight

A fire broke out on the ground floor of a building in Pydhonie just before midnight where four people trapped in the higher floors had to be rescued. There were no casualties.

The fire broke out in a shop on the ground floor of Zuber Mansion in Pydhonie’s Doodh Bazaar lane. The flames soon started spreading up the two-storey building, where people stay. A total of four fire engines were sent to the spot to tackle the fire, which was doused within an hour.

According to locals, the shop on the ground floor where the fire started was an imitation jewellery shop containing artificial hair, necklaces and earrings, among others.

The two-storey building at Pydhonie that was burnt in the blaze around midnight. Pics/Sameer Markande
The two-storey building at Pydhonie that was burnt in the blaze around midnight. Pics/Sameer Markande

“We are still investigating the cause of the fire,” said assistant divisional fire officer AV Bangar. “Once the flames reached the higher floors, people there were trapped inside their houses. We rescued four people — three women and a man — from inside the building.”

“As of now, the lane has been sealed from both ends,” said Inspector Tukaram Nimbalkar, Pydhonie police station.

Erratic parking a hindrance

Just like in the case of the recent Byculla fire, where the fire engine arrived nearly 40 minutes late and then had a tough time navigating the narrow lanes, in Pydhonie, too, firemen and fire engines faced the same problem. A fireman, who did not wish to be named, said double-parking further narrowed down the width of these roads, preventing them from freely moving in and out of these lanes.

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