Mumbai fire: 10-year-old saves the day

Employing safety tips she had picked up while doing a school project, Zen Sadavarte, a 10-year-old, ensured that her family members and neighbours remained safe when a fire broke out in her building on Wednesday morning.

Zen, a Class VI student, lives with her family on the 16th floor of Crystal Towers. When she was in Class III, she learnt about disaster management for a school project.

“We could pick our own topic for the project and I picked disaster management. In the project, I wrote about the tsunami in Japan, wildfires, earthquakes, etc. I also studied about measures to be taken during a fire,” she said.

The knowledge came in handy on Wednesday. Zen first ensured that her parents and brother remained calm. She then cleared all the glass and told her parents and brother to tie wet cotton wraps around their faces. Zen then took them to her neighbour’s house. “The neighbour’s house had less wood compared to ours. I had to ensure that there were fewer items that could catch fire,” she said.

The 10 year-old was also responsible for calling the fire brigadeas well as securing a fire bucket with sand to put out the fire.

“There was a lot of smoke, and we could have suffocated but I remembered that we should be sitting down to avoid the smoke line. We also draped ourselves with wet cloth. That kept us protected till the fire brigade could come and rescue us.”

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