Mumbai: Fire brigade operators during the follow-up of yesterday's major fire incident of Metro house at Colaba .Photo by BL SONI
Mumbai: Fire brigade operators during the follow-up of yesterday's major fire incident of Metro house at Colaba .Photo by BL SONI

Mumbai Police helps them get back passports which many of them had left behind while running for cover

Mumbai : With the Mumbai Police’s commendable rescue work on Thursday at the Metro House where a massive fire had broken out, it seems that the city force always follows its motto of ‘Sadaiv Tatpar, Sadaiv Madatis’ (), as all the cops deployed in the operation left no stone unturned to help the people affected by the fire.

It may be noted that the ground plus four storey structure which caught fire, has around four to six guest houses with mostly North African tourists as their guests.

It is learnt that when the fire started and the tourists learnt of it, all of them started running out of the building and only a few of them could manage to carry their passports along with them while many of them forgot to take their passports in the chaotic atmosphere.

The passports of many of the tourists who forgot to take were later retrieved by the city police as they entered the building after the fire was doused.

“After entering the rooms which were gutted in fire, we found some five to six passports of tourists and we handed them back to them,” said Manoj Sharma, DCP (zone 1).

He also said that passports of many of the tourists were burnt in the fire.

“We will ensure that all the tourists who have lost their passports in the fire get re-recognized. The Mumbai Police will go out of the way to help these tourists,” Sharma added.

Meanwhile, a day after a major blaze gutted part of a commercial-cum-residential building in upscale Colaba area, the police started recording statements of the affected persons.

“The incident has been recorded in police diary and from today we have started recording the statements

of the affected persons,” said DCP (Operations) Sangram singh Nishandar.

He said the fire officials have not given exact cause behind the mishap.

Meanwhile, the cooling operations at the building were completed by 12.15 pm, according to the officials of the Disaster Control department.

The blaze broke out around 3.50 pm in the first floor of the ground plus three building yesterday, which houses famous Cafe Mondegar and guest houses where some foreign nationals were staying.

However, no casualty or injury was reported in the incident as occupants were evacuated swiftly.

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