Mumbai: The Navy has said there was no
"negligence" on its part in the fire that broke out in a
building in high-security Naval Dockyard here on November 3.
"I can assure you that there was no negligence. Damage
was caused because of the material with which the building had
been constructed," Western Naval Command Chief Vice-Admiral
Devendra Kumar Joshi said here.
The building (Admiral Superintendent Department) is
150 years old and made up of wooden structures, and the
severity of the blaze was high, he said.
"Everything (in the building) was made up of
inflammable material. There was no damage on the ground floor,
but the first floor suffered extensive damage due to wood
structures and severity of the fire," the Vice-Admiral stated.
A report from the Board of Enquiry, set up by the Navy
to ascertain the damage, is still awaited, he added.