A fire broke out at Cross Road Mall in Vidhyadhar Nagar in Jaipur on Thursday. The fire created scare in the building that houses nearly 59 flats and 197 offices and shops. Fire fighters had to break open glass windows of several flats to rescue hundreds of people stuck inside the building. The fire fighters used ladders to get people out of the building. Some people even had to climb down using the water pipes.
Two fire fighters, identified as Rajendra and Kishore Kumar, were injured when they were trying to rescue people by smashing window glasses. One Dr Vinit Sharma, a yoga trainer, who was volunteering, fractured his hand when he slipped.
Fire fighters smashed window glasses to rescue people when fire broke out at Cross Road Mall in Vidhyadhar Nagar
The fire started from an electricity supply panel installed near the main gate. Nearly a dozen fire tenders were roped in. It took them nearly two hours to douse the fire.
The incident once again exposed negligence with regard to fire safety arrangement. The building didn’t have a fire NOC. In this seven storey building, there is a hospital. When the fire started, nearly 12 patients and an attendant got stuck inside the building. With the help of security guards, many patients were rescued on stretchers using the staircase. There was no ramp or emergency exit at the hospital.
Five members of were burnt alive in Vidhyadhar Nagar recently when a major fire broke out at a house. The JMC had promised that it would ensure fire safety arrangements in all buildings, but it seems nothing has been done in this regard.
First published: April 13, 2018