Blaze at RK Studio flattens empty TV set, no casualties
7 Fire Engines, 5 Tankers Take 4 Hrs To Douse Flames, Cause Not Known
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.