Fire breaks out at popular Pune mall

The fire was reported at around 06.50 in the morning, when smoke was seen emanating from one of the garment shops in the premises.

Pune | Published:February 13, 2014 10:19 am

A fire was reported from the Phoneix Mall in Pune during the early hours of Thursday. Located on the busy Pune-Ahmednagar Road, the Mall is one of the biggest  shopping destinations in Pune.

Vimantal police said the fire was reported at around 06.50 in the morning, when smoke was seen emanating from one of the garment shops in the premises. Four to five fire tenders were pressed into service, and the fire was doused in an hour. The work of ascertaining the damages and the exact cause of fire was going on and is expected to be done in the next few hours.

No loss of life was reported, with the preliminary findings of the Vimantal police stating that the fire had gutted many garment shops. “We suspect the fire might have started in a garment shop and it spread acorss,” said an officer of the police station.

With three floors, this Mall has many international brands and also has major entertainment hubs present. This would be the second incident of mall fire in Pune in the last one year. A major fire was reported from a mall located on the Pune Ahmednagar Road, last year also, which had suspended the Mall operations for some time.

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    abhay kumar
    Feb 13, 2014 at 6:12 am
    Thx god fire broke out in the early hours ,had it broke out during peak hours ,would have been more serious ,But i fail to understand is spite of best fire fighting system how come it spread so fast ,some thing wrong with safety devices which did not worked or fire fighting staff missing from the scene ,inquiry needed .
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      ginololoya
      Feb 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm
      No indian city including Mumbai has any effective fire fighting equipment. Code violations in mall are always there. No one checks, and if somebody does, they get bribed anyways.
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        Arvind Kaushal
        Feb 14, 2014 at 4:40 am
        Most malls are not following D C Rules in respect to fire laws , Hence the fires . By using money power and connections the malls illegally ignore fire laws , this is done with active convenience of officials . In spite of WRITTEN repeated complaints no action is taken .
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          Arvind Kaushal
          Feb 14, 2014 at 4:40 am
          Most malls are not following D C Rules in respect to fire laws , Hence the fires . By using money power and connections the malls illegally ignore fire laws , this is done with active convenience of officials . In spite of WRITTEN repeated complaints no action is taken .
          Reply