Delhi: Commercial high-rise fire doused after three hours

A massive fire broke out at Pearls Business Park building in Netaji Subhash Place area of Delhi on Sunday. Fifteen fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the flames.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 25, 2016 3:18:13 am
Fire at Pearls Business Park building Sunday. (Source: PTI) Fire at Pearls Business Park building Sunday. (Source: PTI)

A fire broke out in the multi-storey Pearls Business Park building which houses several commercial establishments in Netaji Subhash Place late afternoon Sunday. Several people, including some security guards who were trapped inside the building, were rescued by fire officials. Police said while there were no causalities, the building suffered some damage.

According to officials, the fire department received a call about the fire at 4.20 pm and 10 fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the blaze. A senior fire official initially declared it a “medium category fire”. However, within several minutes, the blaze was declared a “serious category fire” and 15 fire tenders were dispatched.

Fearing that the blaze may spread, police evacuated people from nearby buildings. A fire official said, “The incident came to light after security guards saw smoke coming out from a ventilation panel on the 13th floor of the building and raised an alarm.”

Preliminary investigation revealed the fire started on the terrace of the building. “The flames were doused by 7.30 pm. Loose cables and combustible material such as plywood, fevicol boxes, which were strewn about because of renovation work, enabled the fire to spread fast,” said the official. “The exact cause of the fire will be determined after an investigation.”

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Eyewitnesses said the fire started from the top right corner of the building before spreading to other areas. Champak, a civil defence volunteer, said, “As soon as we saw smoke billowing from the building, we rushed towards it, broke some windows and tried to create a path to reach the source. We tried to douse the fire with the limited resources available to us but it didn’t help. It took at least 45 minutes for the first fire tenders to reach the spot.”

Fire in Matiala

A fire broke out in an educational area of Matiala in southwest Delhi Sunday morning. Officials said the fire was a minor one, however, it triggered panic among 350 people who had come to appear for an online test. The aspirants had come for the Airport Authorities of India examination which started around 9.30 am. The fire broke out at about 10 am at Lakshya Institute in Sector 2 and six fire tenders rushed to the spot.

The fire was brought under control in 30 minutes, said fire officials. “Prima facie, the cause of fire seems to be a short circuit in a meter board on the ground floor,” said a fire official.

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