It was a regular day for the Dawariyas at the upscale Mont Blanc building,Kemps Corner on Friday. Around 7.15 pm,while Usha (53) was preparing dinner,her cook suddenly noticed flames near their window. Forty-five minutes later,the family of six along with their two domestic helps,were standing outside the building with other residents.
The Dawariyas live in flat 1102 on the 11th floor,the flat just below 1202,which was occupied by Dinesh Gandhi and his wife Devyani Gandhi,both of whom died when the fire broke out on the 12th floor of the building.
Recalling the previous evening,Usha said,We were all at home and I was preparing dinner. When my domestic help saw the flames,we called up the security and learned that there was a fire. We opened the main door to rush out and found ourselves in darkness as the lights had been turned off by then. We turned the gas off,switched off the main supply and used the stairs to escape the fire.
I met Dineshbhai and Devyaniben a fortnight ago when they were going to attend a wedding. On Friday,their son even went searching for them. They could not be traced till midnight,making us fear the worst, said Usha.
She added that they heard a blast from the flats which were on fire when they were standing outside the building.
For Karam Raj Mishra and Rakesh Kumar,domestic helps of the Halwasias on the 15th floor,memory of the evening is blurred. While Mishra suffered burn injuries on his left ear,Kumar was scalded on his nose,ears and fingers,when they tried to escape from the front door. With fire engulfing the floor,however,the family of six and their helps stayed indoors.
Mishra recalls,We were choking and were close to fainting. It was a while before the firemen came and rescued us.
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