A 75-year-old woman died and nearly 45 people were rescued after a minor fire broke out in a residential building in Andheri early Wednesday morning. While the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, the fire department has issued a notice to the housing society for not being equipped with fire safety equipment.
The fire broke out around 1 am and it took two fire engines and one tanker about half an hour to douse the flames on the sixth floor of the 10-storey building on New Link Road in Adarsh Nagar.
Mahendra Kaur, 75, was found in her bedroom in an unconscious state, possibly due to smoke inhalation, officials said. According to doctors, she sustained superficial to deep burns on hands, face, legs and abdomen.
Her body was brought to the hospital at 2.30 am.
“The fire was confined to household articles like bed, furniture, false ceiling in the flat. While Kaur was declared dead on arrival at Cooper Hospital, a 44-year-old man was admitted with 10 per cent burns. At least 41 people who were trapped under the terrace and four people who were trapped on the staircase were rescued safely,” said Chief Fire Officer P Rahangdale.
Upon investigation, officials found that the building did not have a functional fire equipment, the electrical cables were not sealed and there was encroachment in the lift lobby. “We have issued them a notice with a period of 15 days for compliance,” said Rahangdale. The fire department has also intimated K-West ward officials to disconnect electricity and water supply if the residents fail to comply.
Dr Sitaram Gawde, medical superintendent at Dr R N Cooper Hospital, said the second patient, Shailendra Singh, was brought to the casualty ward with 8-10 per cent burns. “He had minor burns.
The family did not wish to admit him. He took discharge against medical advice to seek admission in a private hospital,” he said.
Singh suffered burns on face, ears and left palm.