No casualty reported but savings worth more than Rs.10 lakhs destroyed.
Navi Mumbai has been witnessing the regular fire incidents from past one month. Earlier there have been fire in the forest of Nerul and Panvel created by some miscreants which inquiry is still going on. Today on 9th January, 2019 another fire incident was reported in Koper Khairane shanties at around 9am in the morning.
More than 15 shanties were charred. Even though there were no casaulties reported at the spot but the savings worth more than Rs.10 lakhs were burned in thefire.
“The fire would have been caught due to the cylinder blast in one of the shanties or either by short circuit. We are investigating the cause of fire. Around 15slums were burnt badly and their belongings and hard earned money also got burnt in it. The person in whose shanty fire caught has been detained by us for inquiry” informed Suryakant Jagdale a senior police inspector of Koper Khairane police station.
He further added that, “The actual cause of the fire will be known after detailed investigation when the fire department experts will submit their report.”
Speaking to the Newsband Correspondent NMMC fire officer Amrutanand Borade said, “We have deployed 20 personnel and nine fire engines were rushed from Airoli, Vashi, Nerul and Pawane area. The fire was brought under control in 2 hours’ time. Since it was a slum with narrow lanes we faced some difficulties.”
One police official on the condition of anonymity said, “This work would have been of some miscreants. We would be doing further investigation and will come to the conclusion.”
Anarjit Chauhan an activist from Navi Mumbai said, ” I don’t know why there have been regular fire incidents in Navi Mumbai. Leaving today incident wherefire took place either due to short circuit or cylinder blast, the past fire in Panvel & Nerul is by some unknown trespassers. They deliberately set dry grass onfire and the reason fire quickly spreads and destroys the biodiversity. This is such a shame. We have urged the forest authority to strictly deal with the culprits who are regularly causing such widespread damage.”