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