Make in India week: Fire at Girguam Chowpatty beach doused an hour after breaking out

11 fire tenders rushed to the spot and all those in attendance, including Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Governor Vidyasagar Rao, have been evacuated immediately.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai | Updated: February 15, 2016 3:50 am
Make in India week, Maharashtra Night, Girgaum Chowpatty, Maharashtra Night Girgaum Chowpatty, Nine fire engines are currently attempting to douse the fire.

A fire broke out during the Maharashtra Night at Mumbai’s iconic Girgaum Chowpatty beach during a lavani performance. The fire erupted when sparklers were lit during a dance performance on stage.

The entire stage went up in flames within minutes, leading to immediate evacuation. All dignitaries, including CM Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Governor Vidyasagar Rao, several film personalities and foreigners were evacuated.

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Fourteen fire engines are currently attempting to douse the fire. The first engine made its way into the pavilion almost ten minutes after the fire spread. According to Wizcraft crew, no casualties have been reporter yet. All backstage performers were immediately rushed outside in minutes after fire spread.

Gallery: Fire brings down curtain on Maharashtra Night at Girgaum Chowpatty


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9.43 pm: I first felt that it was part of the fireworks display. But when the flames started growing bigger we realized that it was a fire accident: Lyricist Prasoon Joshi.

9.40 pm: I was reentering the venue when the fire broke out. We were sent back immediately. Everyone is safe: BJP MP Heman Malini.

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9.13 pm: BJP leader Atul Kulkarni said: “I was in front row. A spark went off under the stage. The breeze might have spread the fire.” He added that Fadnavis was escorted immediately out.

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With inputs from Tabassum.