Man falls off hospital staircase, dies
The ground floor of the Eternity mall at Teen Hath Naka caught fire on Thursday.
No one was injured in the incident.
“The electric cable on the ground floor caught fire, setting the duct ablaze. The fire broke out at a time when the mall had only a few visitors and so no one was injured,” said Shashikant Kale, chief fire officer of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC).
The fire was doused by the fire brigade within 20 minutes, leaving a thick cover of smoke around the area.
The fire brigade has closed the mall.
Kale said the mall’s ducts were open and electrical wires were jutting out. “The mall had installed fire equipment. But, it was not working as it had not been properly maintained. We did not find any hoses, couplings, inlets or outlets for fire pipes. We sent a notice to the mall authority, shutting the mall till it files a compliance of adopting safety measures.”
“We have cut off the mall’s water and power supply. Both will be resumed only after compliance is given to the fire department,” said Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management officer of Thane.
“According to the Fire Prevention and Safety Act of 2006, if the department finds that an establishment has not maintained its fire system or not followed fire safety norms, it has the right to stop all activity in that building,” he said.
The mall authorities refused to divulge information regarding their fire safety equipment. They denied that their fire system was not maintained properly.
“The fire was minor and no one was injured. The fire officials have given us guidelines, which we will follow. The mall had to be closed as the electrical wiring caught fire and needs to be repaired. We will re-open the mall as soon as possible,” said a member of the mall committee, requesting anonymity.
A 52-year-old painter from Panvel died after he fell off a staircase of a private hospital in Khanda Colony on Thursday.
According to the police, Muhammad Aziz Hanif had taken the task of painting the building of the hospital.
Around 11.45 am, when he was painting the rooms on first floor near the staircase, he slipped and fell. He died while being treated at the hospital.
“He suffered severe injuries on his head and other parts of his body and felt unconscious after sometime. The doctors declared him dead after a few hours,” said a police officer from Khandeshwar police station.
The police have registered a case under section 304a (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the hospital authorities, but have not arrested anyone.
The police are still investigating and will take action after finding out who is responsible for the accident.
“We will have to find out who is actually responsible for the incident. Legal action will be taken if anyone if found guilty,” the officer said.
The deceased’s body was sent to Panvel rural hospital for conducting post-mortem and then it was handed over to his family. The post-mortem reports are yet to come, said the police.