A major fire broke out at a timber yard of Mustafa Bazaar in south Mumbai's Byculla in the early hours of Wednesday, a senior fire brigade official said. The incident took place at around 2.25 am and eight fire tenders along with fire brigade jawans were rushed to the spot. The fire fighting and rescue operations are on and so far there are no reports of casualties or injuries, the official said, adding police personnel and authorities have reached the spot. Mumbai fire brigade department chief P S Rahangdale said the fire is confined to the ground floor of the structure where timber of different types has been stocked in an area of about 100 x 200 feet. The incident took place at Santa Sawta Marg in the early hours of Wednesday. Eight fire tenders and twelve tankers from the Mumbai Fire Brigade were rushed to the spot. Last month, a massive fire broke out inside the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) exchange building in suburban Bandra with nearly 100 people being rescued from the terrace of the building, an effort which lasted several hours.
According to the latest reports, the fire is under control. Over 13 fire tenders are still present on spot to put out the fire which is now limited to the ground floor. The timber yard had different sorts of timber causing the fire to spread rapidly. Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Prabhat Rahandale narrated the sequence of events that unfolded. He gave the details of the Byculla fire.
"We are trying to douse the fire, it broke out at 2.50 am. Owing to the timber and the wind it is difficult to contain the fire. But we are ensuring that the fire doesn't spread. We have covered the site from all four sides," the CFO Prabhat Rahandale said.
"Its a wooden shop. Fire confined to a large stock of timbers and wood. A JCB had to be brought to remove the waste and make way for fire tanker. Fire fighting is still underway." Rahandale added
Many people took to Twitter and posted videos from the site in Mumbai's Byculla where the fire broke out. Bollywood actress Diana Penty also posted the video of the fire that broke out in Mumbai's Mazgaon area. Diana Penty thanked the Mumbai Police and the Mumbai Fire Brigade and the medical services. The visuals in the video show a massive raging fire, fire brigade and police officials:
A big thank you to the #MumbaiFireBrigade, @MumbaiPolice and the medical services for their effective response in controlling this massive fire tonight. And a shout out to our Muslim brothers for their timely prayers. Never heard the Azan at 3am before. #BycullaFire pic.twitter.com/vmDAjxCRWa— Diana Penty (@DianaPenty) August 28, 2019