Twelve persons injured in fire at Parvana Block on Kingsway

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jan 2019 10:18:39


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Fire started on fourth-fifth floors of the building and blocked access to stairs

Using a turntable ladder, firefighters rescued workers trapped on third and fourth floors

Eight fire tenders douse flames in an hour

TWELVE persons were injured, three of them seriously, in a fire that broke out at Parvana Block behind an under-construction 10-storied building of Kingsway Hospital in front of Shree Mohini Complex near Kasturchand Park Wednesday afternoon. Panic gripped Mohan Nagar residents as thick black smoke was intensely billowing from rear side of the building and workers trapped in the structure started shouting for help. This was visible from backyard of Saint Joseph’s High School. Though the black smoke had engulfed the entire area, some persons managed to rescue a few workers using ropes.

A thick blanket of smoke could be seen from a distance of over a kilometre. Nearby residents immediately informed the Fire Brigade. Vehicular traffic on the busy Kingsway came to a grinding halt as people from nearby banks and insurance company offices gathered in front of the building.
Flames spread from fourth-fifth floors of the building and blocked access to the stairs. A few workers engaged in fabrication work and furnishing the auditorium at Parvana Block were trapped. Co-workers and some youngsters from Mohan Nagar locality including Neeraj Shahu rescued them. However, there were many who were seen screaming for help from third and fourth floors.

A team of firefighters led by Chief Fire Officer Rajendra Uchake rushed to the spot. As many as eight fire tenders from Fire & Emergency Services Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) were pressed into service. Using a turntable ladder, firefighters rescued the workers.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone II) Chinmay Pandit, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Sitabuldi Division) R K Borawake, senior Inspector (Sadar) Sunil Bonde and Senior Inspector (Sitabuldi) also rushed to the spot. Senior Inspector (Traffic) Jayesh Bhandarkar and his staff cleared the vehicular traffic paving way for fire tenders and ambulances to reach the exact spot.

Traffic from Liberty Cinema and LIC Square was also thrown out of gear for about half an hour.
Assistant Municipal Commissioner Harish Raut visited the spot to assess the situation during fire fighting operation.
The Fire Brigade personnel rushed eight persons, including three women, whose condition started deteriorating due to smoke inhalation, to Mayo Hospital. Two of them were in an unconscious condition. After combating with the inferno for more than an hour, firefighters managed to douse the flames.

Speaking to ‘The Hitavada,’ Uchake said, fire broke out at the under-construction building during lunch hour. Some workers were engaged in fabrication and furnishing work in the auditorium, he added. “Foam, furniture and other material were gutted,” Uchake said, adding, “The exact cause behind the fire is yet to be ascertained.”

Uchake informed that two of the injured persons --Ramkrishna Maurya and Raju Maurya -- were shifted to ICU at Care Hospital from Mayo Hospital. Other injured persons Umesh Yerpude, Yogesh Dehankar, Gajendra Sharma, Dharmeen Verma, Umabai Bhandari and Janbai Nirmalkar were undergoing treatment at Mayo Hospital, he added.
Vyankatraman Naidu, Ganesh Patekar, Rahul Kawle and Palash Lohe were being treated at OPD in Mayo Hospital.
Retired Fire Officer Sadashiv Bhende offered his services and was at the forefront during firefighting operation till last, Uchake said.

Kingsway Hospitals is a unit of SPANV Medisearch Life Sciences Pvt Ltd, promoted by SMS Group and eminent medical practitioners of the city. Parvana Block where the incident occurred falls in the hospital premises.
Later, senior Inspector (Sadar) Bonde told reporters that firefighters extinguished the fire and situation was fully under control. Condition of three of the eight injured persons was critical, he added.

Mayor, others visit Parvana Block

Mayor Nanda Jichkar, Standing Committee Chief Virendra Kukreja, and Fire Committee Chairman Lahukumar Behete visited Parvana Block on Kingsway and took stock of the situation.  Mayor appreciated efforts made by Fire Services and Emergency Department for dousing the fire in over an hour. Additional Commissioner Aziz Sheikh, and Ashok Kolhatkar also were present.