Major fire at Mumbai’s RK Studios, no casualties
The RK Studio was founded and set up by the late Raj Kapoor in 1948
The iconic RK Studio, which was founded by the legendary filmmaker and actor Raj Kapoor, suffered extensive damage due to a massive fire that broke out on Saturday afternoon. The studio, where the shooting of the dance reality show Super Dance Season 2 was going on, was gutted in the fire. However, no casualties or injuries have been reported so far.
According to fire officials, the fire started at around 2 pm from the ground floor of the studio building, where the sets of the dance reality show were located. It was completely damaged in the blaze. At least 11 fire engines and five water tankers were pressed into service to douse the fire, which was brought under control after nearly three hours. But the cooling operations went on till
late in the night. As the fire broke out, thick dark smoke enveloped the entire area with flames sweeping through the ground floor. The area witnessed heavy traffic jams as fire engines, water tankers and several ambulances rushed to the site. The cause of the fire will be ascertained after a proper inquiry, said a fire official.
Chief fire officer P.S. Rahangdale said, “The fire had spread to the electric wires, installations and decorative equipment, which were on the sets in the ground floor of the structure. When the fire brigade initially assessed the flames it appeared to be a minor fire. However, it spread very quickly as there were several inflammable items stored within the set, and that is when additional fire engines had to be called in.”
“There was an explosion which occurred when firefighting was in progress and we are investigating why it occurred. It was brought under control by around 4.30 pm and cooling operations were taken up after that. We tried to bring it under control as soon as we could. However, a significant portion of the studio has been damaged,” said Mr Rahangdale.
The RK Studio was founded and set up by the late Raj Kapoor in 1948. His son, actor Rishi Kapoor expressed his sorrow over the incident on Twitter by saying “Sad a major fire broke out at RK Studios. We have lost the iconic Stage 1. Thankfully, no casualties nor injuries.” Raj Kapoor produced and directed many iconic films like Awaara and Shri 420.
Smoke rises from a burning section of R.K. Studio after it caught fire in Mumbai on Saturday.