Mumbai: 5 stray dogs die in Malad's Appa Pada slum's fourth fire mishap in five months

Mumbai: 5 stray dogs die in Malad's Appa Pada slum's fourth fire mishap in five months

The BMC has recommended a mini-fire station in the area and construction of the unit is expected to be completed within a month.

SHEFALI PARAB-PANDITUpdated: Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 10:06 PM IST
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Mumbai: Five stray dogs died in a devastating that fire erupted in a chawl located in the Appa Pada slum cluster of Malad (East) in the late hours of Tuesday. Fire officials, returning from another emergency call, noticed the blaze and rushed to the scene. They brought the fire under control well in time preventing a catastrophe, said a fire official.

On the intervening nights of Monday and Tuesday, at approximately 2:30 am, a fire broke out in Subhedar Chawl, located in Appa Pada, Kurar village, Malad East. The fire caused extensive damage to property, at least 4 houses were burnt down.

No human casualties were reported.

This incident marks the fourth fire outbreak in the past five months, raising concerns over the safety of the area.

In response to the repeated incidents of fires in Appa Pada, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has recommended the establishment of a mini-fire station in the area. A civic official has confirmed that the proposal is currently underway, and construction of the mini-fire station is expected to be completed within a month.

In this year alone, the area has witnessed three significant fires, the first in January, followed by another in February, and a third in March. The fire on February 13 resulted in the loss of a 12-year-old boy's life in Jamrishi Nagar. The fire that broke out on March 13 claimed yet another life and burnt down 2,000 huts.

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