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 Asian Age - - Nation - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

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.

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