75 huts gutted in Ambedkar Nagar

Sakal Times
Sunday, 22 April 2018

Pune: Seventy-five huts were gutted in a major fire in Ambedkar Nagar slum near Market Yard on Saturday. Officials said there was no casualty in the incident. Officials said that in the past, the slum has witnessed fires in 1994, 2010 and 2016. 

Pune: Seventy-five huts were gutted in a major fire in Ambedkar Nagar slum near Market Yard on Saturday. Officials said there was no casualty in the incident. Officials said that in the past, the slum has witnessed fires in 1994, 2010 and 2016. 

The fire started at around 10.20 am and there were several cylinder blasts which aggravated the situation. A team of 70 fire brigade personnel led by Pune Municipal Corporation’s Chief Fire Officer Prashant Ranpise and Divisional Fire Officer Sunil Gilbile rushed to the spot. Eighteen fire tenders and five water tankers were pressed into service, besides 10 private water tankers. Earlier, local youths tried to douse the fire with buckets of water.

According to Fire Brigade officials, the narrow lanes were widened with the help of JCB machines to help fire tenders reach inside the slum after local residents had been evacuated. Fireman Rauf Shaikh had to be hospitalised as he had breathing problems while dousing the fire. The fire was finally controlled by noon and people went back to their huts only to find that everything had been destroyed.

Fire Station Officer Prakash Gore and fireman Raju Shelar were manhandled and abused by some people for reaching the area in one vehicle. Gore was the first to reach the spot and he later informed his seniors and asked for more resources.  

People from nearby areas gave shelter and food to residents of Ambdekar Nagar. Deputy Mayor Dr Sidharth Dhende also visited the area and assured all help from the PMC. Mayor Mukta Tilak said, “The slum rehabilitation project should be expedited. We will take up the matter with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.”

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