Fire-safety sys­tem of tow­ers to save lives in Prab­hadevi-like blaze

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Ee­shan­priya M S and Sagar Pil­lai

MUM­BAI:THE eight-hour fire-fight­ing oper­a­tion at the posh Beau­monde Tow­ers in Prab­hadevi on Wednesday re­vealed not only the lim­i­ta­tions of the fire bri­gade’s mech­a­nisms to con­trol a blaze in a Mum­bai high-rise, but also showed how de­pen­dent the fire bri­gade will be on an ef­fi­cient in­built fire-fight­ing sys­tem in such sky­scrapers that are rapidly be­com­ing the norm across the city.

The top three floors of the 33-storey build­ing’s B-wing were gut­ted in a blaze, which sources said could have started from an air-con­di­tioner, on Wednesday.

If the high-rise’s in­ter­nal fire safety sys­tem was not in place, the scale and destruc­tion would have been far greater.

While fire of­fi­cials said a two­s­torey podium at the base of the tower came in the way of oper­a­tions — they could not use their 91-me­tre turntable lad­der — res­i­dents and staff of the build­ing said the fire bri­gade had tested its heav­i­est equip­ment on the podium be­fore is­su­ing a fire clear­ance in 2005.

The wing was sur­rounded by a podium, which has a drive­way around the build­ing, a gar­den, sit­ting area, swim­ming pool, and a play area for chil­dren in the front.

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