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Photos: Navy choppers rescue firemen from burning Mumbai high rise, 1 killed

Last updated on: July 18, 2014 21:47 IST

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A fireman died and nine of his colleagues were injured as the navy and Coast Guard helicopters evacuated a group of firefighters trapped atop a commercial building aflame in a Mumbai suburb, officials said.

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Image: A chopper rescues firemen stranded in the building
Photographs: Sheetal Alva
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A major blaze broke out on 21st floor of Lotus Business Park, an upscale commercial building at Andheri, a little before noon and 21 firemen got stranded on the rooftop though all civilians were promptly evacuated.

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Image: Navy choppers rescue stranded firemen
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"Twenty one firemen were brought to our hospital, one of them was brought dead. Some of them are injured but none is serious," Medical Superintendent of Cooper Hospital Dr Sitaram Gawde told PTI.

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Image: Coast Gaurd choppers survey the site of the blaze
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An official at the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai's disaster management cell told PTI that only nine of those rushed to the hospital had received injuries.

 

Gawde said it was not yet known if the deceased fireman died of asphyxiation or due to injuries.

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Image: Coast Gaurd chopper carries out rescue operations
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The firemen rushed to Cooper Hospital were those who had got trapped on the terrace of the building and were evacuated with the help of the navy and Coast Guard helicopters.

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Image: The top floors of the building were on fire
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Fighting inclement weather, the navy and Coast Guard personnel on two helicopters waged a grim battle to evacuate those trapped on the terrace.

 Dramatic videos showed stranded firefighters clinging precariously to railings and scaffoldings as giant flames leapt menacingly towards them.

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Image: The fire, which was earlier doused was reignited, in the afternoon
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As timely showers caused the fire to abate, they managed to return to terrace after some time.

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Image: Actor Hrithik Roshan, who has three offices in the building, at the site of the mishap
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After hovering in the sky and finding no place to land, the navy and Coast Guard personnel lowered winches and firemen were hauled up the aircraft.

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Image: Firemen were stranded after putting off the blaze
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Although all 21 trapped on the rooftop were evacuated, one lost his life.

Cooper Hospital Superintendent, however, said the exact cause of death would be known only after postmortem.

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Image: Rescue operations at the building
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According to fire brigade officials, 22 fire engines, 10 water tankers and 6 jetties were deployed to quell the blaze which was extinguished after more than six hours.


Image: Firemen went for clean-up ops when the blaze started again
Photographs: Sheetal Alva

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