3 parked buses dam­aged in fire at Nerul

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NERUL: Three buses, in­clud­ing a school bus, were de­stroyed in a fire that broke out in Nerul at 10.15am on Thurs­day. No ca­su­al­ties were re­ported in the in­ci­dent.

The buses, two of which were charred and one par­tially dam­aged, were parked near the foot over­bridge in Sec­tor 8, said fire of­fi­cials.

Ac­cord­ing to fire of­fi­cial Am­rut­nand Bo­rade of Nerul fire sta­tion, “One of the pri­vate buses parked next to the bridge caught fire. We reached the spot within 15 min­utes of the fire break­ing out. But by then, two buses were com­pletely charred and the third bus was up in flames.”

“To pre­vent the other buses parked there from get­ting dam­aged, we moved them away from the spots us­ing the help of traf­fic po­lice­men,” added Bo­rade.

Fire of­fi­cials said the buses lacked fire-fight­ing equip­ment.

The cause of the fire is yet to be as­cer­tained. Naresh Parab, the owner of the buses, said, “The buses had been parked here for the past eight days. The bat­ter­ies of the buses have been re­moved. It’s a mystery how the

buses caught fire.”

On con­di­tion of anonymity, a lo­cal res­i­dent said, “There is no pos­si­bil­ity of a short cir­cuit if there was no bat­tery in the bus. How then can it pos­si­bly catch fire?”

Mean­while, fire of­fi­cials said they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

Lo­cal cor­po­ra­tor Su­nita Mandve said, “Ini­tially, one bus had caught fire, which spread to the bus parked be­hind it. Thank­fully, there is no res­i­den­tial area nearby. Oth­er­wise, there could have been loss of life or in­jury.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Fire of­fi­cials at work af­ter the buses caught fire at Nerul on Thurs­day.

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