Firefighters rescue 26 trapped persons
Officials said that the fire started in the shop selling medical products situated on the first floor of the building and smoke was billowing as the shutter was down, which scared people of the locality.
PUNE: In a swift operation, officials from Pune fire brigade rescued 26 persons who were trapped in a building in Shaniwar Peth, after a fire broke out on the first floor of the five-storied building on Thursday morning. Many residents had fled to the terrace of the building and shouted for help.
The incident took place around 8.15 am in Joshi Sankul building in Mehunpura locality. Officials said that the fire started in the shop selling medical products on the first floor and smoke was billowing as the shutter was down, which scared people of the locality. After getting information, fire brigade officials rushed to the spot. The windows of the shop were broken to allow smoke to come out. Also, people who had fled to the terrace were rescued.
As crowd started gathering, teams from Faraskhana and Vishrambaug police stations were deployed there. Mayor Mukta Tilak, Deputy Commissioner of Police Bachchan Singh, Police Inspectors Kishore Navande, Sunil Kalgutkar, Fire Brigade Chief Prashant Ranpise were present there to supervise the rescue work.
LOCAL RESIDENTS DISTRIBUTED WATER, FOOD
As many residents had fled to the terrace, people from neighbouring building offered them water and food. Also, residents of Pate Sampada Apartment located opposite Joshi Sankul, distributed ‘kokam sharbat’, water, biscuit, pithla-bhakri to police personnel and Fire Brigade officials who braved the scorching sun to save people in about four hours.