At least two people, including a fireman, sustained minor injuries when a massive fire broke out in Mumbai’s Behrampada area near Bandra station on Thursday afternoon. The fire was declared as a Level IV mishap by the Disaster Management. No casualties have been reported as of now.
The blaze broke out near the east side of Bandra local station during a demolition drive carried out by the civic authorities. “Our control room got a call at 4.24 pm and fire brigade personnel along with 16 fire engines and 10 water tankers have been pressed into service,” a fire brigade official said. The locals also tried to douse the fire by pouring buckets of water. A large portion of the sky-walk of the railway station was also engulfed by flames.
The Behrampada area is heavily inhabited by slum dwellers and the blaze rapidly spread to the hutments nearby. Train services on the harbour line were also briefly halted as a precautionary measure. The services on all Bandra lines, however, resumed soon after. While earlier reports suggested that the fire had been doused, P.S. Rahangdale, Chief Fire Officer, Mumbai Fire Brigade said, “Fire is still not under control. We are trying to cover it from all sides.”
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