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Mumbai building fire: Cops record statements of 14 people

PTI | Last Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 21:35

Mumbai: City police on Saturday recorded the statements of 14 persons associated with the ill-fated upscale commercial high-rise in suburban Andheri which had caught fire yesterday and claimed the life of a fireman.
"Statements of 14 persons associated with maintenance of the building have been recorded," Shankar Yerram, Police Inspector at Amboli police station, said.

"Among other things, we sought to know what exactly happened yesterday at the building and where did they spot the flames first," he added.

A police team also visited the site to understand the sequence of events that led to the blaze, the officer added.

Fire Brigade of the city civic body will also prepare a report on the incident. "We will also get this report, which will help us probe the matter thoroughly," said another officer.

A major blaze had broken out on the 21st floor of Lotus Business Park a little before noon yesterday and 21 firemen got stranded on the rooftop for several hours even as all civilians were promptly evacuated.

The firemen were later rescued from the site with the help of Navy and Coast Guard helicopters and rushed to Cooper hospital for treatment. The fire was extinguished after more than six hours.

The police have yesterday registered a case of accidental death over the fire incident after a firefighter, identified as Nitin Ivalekar (35) died due to suffocation.

Prima facie, there was no sabotage in the incident, police said.

The building houses offices of several prominent corporates and a few film companies. Film star Hrithik Roshan reportedly has his office in the building.

The villagers first surrounded Madanpur police station and the protest soon got out of hand with an old vehicle standing near the police station being torched by them.

The irate crowd then moved towards the Madanpur block HQ, where the police firing took place.

Sources said the deceased woman was a resident of Kanaudi village while the boy was from Madanpur itself.

This is the second incident of police firing in Bihar this month in which people have lost their lives.

Two persons were killed and seven others injured in police firing at Akbarpur in Rohtas district on July 8, an issue which had rocked the Bihar Legislative Assembly and Council for four days running.

First Published: Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 21:35

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