Major Fire Breaks out at Govandi, AIMIM Mumbai Team Distributed Relief Materials
Mumbai: Over 100 shanties were gutted and a fireman injured in a massive fire at Govandi’s Gautam Nagar in the wee hours of Friday. The fire started out of an illegal footwear manufacturing unit, that held three domestic gas cylinders, and spread to the shanties.
Parts of Govandi, Deonar are home to hundreds of informal manufacturing units producing footwear, clothes, bags, food products etc. These units generally operate through houses or shops and have local labour employed.
Around 2.30 am on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, locals heard explosions from the unit. A fire had occurred inside the unit and had led to the cylinders bursting. The whole unit was on fire and soon the fire spread to the neighbouring residential areas. A neighbouring gas cylinder from a house also burst.
A total of 16 fire engines, 10 water tankers were pressed into service, including the two kept on stand-by duty at Deonar dumping ground. The illegal unit had no licenses and had been penalised by the ward office last year. Station officer Sampat Bamble suffered around 20% burns while fire fighting and is being treated at National Burns Centre, Airoli. Another injured was let go after being treated at Rajawadi.
AIMIM Mumbai Kurla and Govandi team members Raees Shaikh (Joint Sec. Mumbai), Abdul Majeed (President, Mumbai Eastern Suburb), Irfan Mulla (President, Mumbai Western Suburb), Faisal Khan (Joint Sec. Govandi) and other active members reached to the affected area and distributed relief materials like food packets, water bottles, general medicines, clothes etc. to the affected people and promised them to provide all possible helps in futures too.