Blaze at RK Stu­dio flat­tens empty TV set, no ca­su­al­ties

7 Fire En­gines, 5 Tankers Take 4 Hrs To Douse Flames, Cause Not Known

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Richa.Pinto@ times­group.com

Mum­bai: A ma­jor fire broke out at the iconic RK Stu­dio in Chem­bur on Satur­day af­ter­noon, gut­ting a ma­jor por­tion of a tele­vi­sion show set in its premises. Seven fire en­gines, five wa­ter tankers and an am­bu­lance were rushed to the spot and fire-fight­ing op­er­a­tions went on for four hours. No one was in­jured in the in­ci­dent as the set was va­cant at that time.

Af­ter fire of­fi­cials reached the site, the en­tire roof of the set col­lapsed with a loud ex­plo­sion and there­after the flames spread rapidly. The cause of the fire and the blast is be­ing probed.

There are a to­tal of four stages at the stu­dio. The fire en­gulfed Stage 1. A ma­jor por­tion of the TV set, put up in this stage, was left gut­ted, said a source. Chief fire of­fi­cer P Ra­hang­dale said, “As sev­eral in­flammable items were stored within the set, the fire spread very fast. We tried to bring it un­der con­trol as quickly as we could. A ma­jor por­tion of the set was dam­aged, though.”

The blaze has caused sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to shoot­ing and dec­o­ra­tion equip­ment, clothes, im­i­ta­tion jew­ellery, fur­ni­ture and the AC duct area in the ground-floor set housed in a one-storey struc­ture. Fire of- fi­cials said the load-bear­ing­wall struc­ture was be­ing used as a set. Fire of­fi­cials ini­tially as­sumed it was a mi­nor blaze. How­ever, when they heard the ex­plo­sion, ad­di­tional fire en­gines were called in. “An ex­plo­sion took place when the fire­fight­ing op­er­a­tion was on. The fire was brought un­der con­trol by 4.30pm but it was com­pletely doused by 6.15pm. Cool­ing op­er­a­tions wound up at 7.25pm,” said an of­fi­cial.

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