Five flats dam­aged in Kharghar fire

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

As many five fam­i­lies were af­fected by the fire that broke out at Giri­raj Apart­ments at Kharghar on Wed­nes­day night.

The fire broke out on the fif­teenth floor of the high rise, but it soon spread to the six­teenth and four­teenth floor too. In both A and B wing of the build­ing, each floor has four flats ex­cept for the eigh­teenth floor which has only two.

The fire broke out at A wing on the 15th floor. It took an hour for fire of­fi­cials to start work be­cause of lack of in­fra­struc­ture.

“Flat num­ber 1501, 1502, 1601, 1602 and one flat on four­teenth floor were se­verely af­fected. Some of the fam­i­lies are now stay­ing at their friends’ or rel­a­tives’ places be­cause of this,” said one polic of­fi­cial re­quest­ing anonymity.

Nei­ther the po­lice nor the fire brigade of­fi­cials have un­der­stood the ac­tual rea­son be­hind the fire.

Praveen Bodke, ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Cidco fire depart­ment, said, “We have not found the rea­son so far. For now we have men­tioned elec­tronic short cir­cuit as the rea­son in our re­port.”

Some res­i­dents how­ever, claimed that the clothes in wardrobe caught fire when some chil­dren were play­ing with diyas and soon it en­gulfed in the en­tire floor. The of­fi­cials how­ever, did not con­firm this.

When asked the value of the prop­erty lost in the fire, Bodke said, “Room num­ber 1501 was to­tally gut­ted in the fire. We are try­ing to find out the to­tal value of the loss, but have not come to con­clu­sion so far. Res­i­dents of that flat are now tem­po­rar­ily stay­ing on the 13th floor.”

The Kharghar po­lice are how­ever, keep­ing si­lence for rea­son un­known. While in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers re­fused to com­ment, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor was out of reach.

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