16 land in hospital after fire breaks out in 21-storey building in Wadala

SRA building has non-functional firefighting system: officials

A fire broke out in an SRA building in Wadala (East) in the early hours of Friday. While the fire was immediately doused, 16 people suffered smoke inhalation and had to be taken to KEM Hospital. They are all stable.

The blaze on the first floor of 21-storey Shree Ganesh Sai building at Barkat Ali Naka, Salt Pan Road, was reported around 3.30 a.m.. The fire brigade declared it level 0 (minor) and the fire was extinguished by 3.56 a.m.. Two fire engines were sent to the spot. The blaze in the electrical duct is suspected to have been caused by a short circuit.

Smoke engulfed the higher floors of the building. “Most of the people were sleeping at the time. But, someone smelled the smoke and there was a commotion. Everybody ran out of the building,” Gangadhar Sonawane, senior police inspector, Wadala police station, said.

Meanwhile, 16 people complained of breathlessness and had to be admitted to KEM Hospital. Hospital dean Dr. Hemant Deshmukh said of them, two took discharge against medical advice. “Among the remaining patients, there is a 13-day old baby, who has been kept under observation in the neonatal intensive care unit. One patient also had a fracture while the others have some breathing difficulty. None of the patients have any burn injuries,” he said.

Gajanan Bellale, assistant municipal commissioner, F North ward, said, “We provided residents with an alternative shelter and food packets. The building is not very old and structurally sound. Residents will need an NOC from the fire brigade before they are allowed to move back there.”

The building had a firefighting system but it was not functional, officials said. The fire brigade will issue it a notice. The building only has a part-occupation certificate.

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