Mumbai: The state capital, Mumbai witnessed 4,899 fires in 2018, an RTI document revealed. The total loss incurred in the incidents is over Rs16 crore.
Information accessed by activist Shakil Ahmed Khan states there were 4,899 fire mishaps in Mumbai in which 52 people perished. The dead included 36 men, 11 women and six children.
Of the 4,899 fire accidents, 151 were reported in the high-rises, 969 in residential buildings, 386 in commercial structures and 544 in slums. Of these, 3,194 incidents were due to short circuits, 111 due to gas cylinder leakages and 1,593 other reasons.
The RTI revealed the Andheri fire station reported most fires, followed by Marol, Worli, Chembur, Dindoshi, Byculla and Mulund. Speaking to the FPJ, a fire dept officer, requesting anonymity, said, “We are doing our best to avoid fires by conducting audits and issuing notices to violators. Despite all steps, the loopholes in BMC deps lead to violations of the fire norms.”
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