Delhi Fire: Mundka building did not have fire NOC, 26 dead

New Delhi [India]: Hours after the Delhi fire tragedy came under control, the police said the commercial building that caught fire near Mundka metro station on Friday evening did not have fire NOC while also informing that the building owner is absconding.

The police official said that the building owner has been identified as Manish Lakra.
“The building did not have a fire NOC. The owner of the building has been identified as Manish Lakra who lived on the top floor. Lakra is currently absconding, teams are on the job and he will be nabbed soon,” DCP Sameer Sharma (Outer District) told reporters.

As many as 27 people died in the fire accident so far and 12 persons are injured, police said.

“A total of 27 people have died and 12 are injured. We’ll take the help of the forensic team to identify the bodies. FIR has been registered. We’ve detained company owners. There are chances that more bodies may be recovered as the rescue operation is yet to be completed,” he added.

Meanwhile, the divisional officer of the fire department also informed that there was only one staircase due to which, people could not move out of the building.

“There was only one staircase and because of that people could not go out. The building did not have proper NOC (from the fire department),” said Satpal Bhardwaj, Divisional Officer, Fire Department.

On preliminary enquiry, it was found that it is a four-story commercial building generally used for providing office space for companies, the police said.

The fire broke on the 1st floor of the building which is an office of CCTV cameras and router manufacturing company. The owners of the company are in police custody. (ANI)

Fire Breaks Out At ‘Bigg Boss’ Sets In Goregaon, No Injuries

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 13 (ANI): A fire broke out at the sets of the reality show ‘Bigg Boss’ in Film City, Goregaon, Mumbai, at around 1 pm today.

Four fire engines were rushed to the spot to put out the fire. As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials, no injuries have been reported so far. The reason of the fire is still unclear.

Meanwhile, the last episode of ‘Bigg Boss’ Season 15, hosted by superstar Salman Khan, aired on January 30.

Actor Tejasswi Prakash lifted the ‘Bigg Boss’ Season 15 trophy and took home the cash prize of Rs 40 lakhs.

Mumbai residential building fire: PM Modi announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for next of kin of deceased, Rs 50,000 for injured

New Delhi [India] (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the Mumbai residential building fire in Tardeo and Rs 50,000 for those injured.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has said that six people died in the fire that broke out inside the 20 storey Kamala building in Mumbai on Saturday morning. The civic body further informed that 16 injured people are admitted to the various hospitals while seven have been treated and discharged. “An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the building fire in Tardeo, Mumbai. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000 each,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted quoting the Prime Minister.
“Saddened by the building fire at Tardeo in Mumbai. Condolences to the bereaved families and prayers with the injured for the speedy recovery,” the PMO tweeted.
A level 3 fire had broken out in the residential building. DCP Saurabh Tripathi had said that 21 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse out the fire.
Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray and Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar visited the fire site. (Image source: Instagram)

South African opposition allege cover-up of graft probe findings behind Parliament fire

Johannesburg [South Africa]: A South African opposition leader has implicated the ruling African National Congress in a fire at the national houses of parliament that erupted two days before the planned release of a damning report on a probe into government corruption.
A commission was set up in 2018 to investigate allegations of state capture, corruption and fraud in the country’s public sector. It submitted its findings to President Cyril Ramaphosa in late December and was to make a part of the report public on Tuesday. “I suspect that information in there shows government corruption… I rise to say government itself led by Ramaphosa and his ministers and people deployed there might want this information to be destroyed,” Willie Madisha, of the Congress of the People, told Sputnik.
The fire erupted early on Sunday in the oldest wing of the sprawling parliament complex in Cape Town, used by the National Council of Provinces as well as for committee meetings. A blaze was later reported in the so-called New Wing, where the lower house National Assembly sits. That fire has not been extinguished yet.
Madisha, who sits on the National Assembly, told Sputnik he was surprised by the fire given that security at the complex was very tight. But he argued that the place was prone to mishaps “whenever serious issues are raised.”
There were copies of the commission’s report locked up in the offices of certain officials in parliament. Madisha told Sputnik he was unable to access his office to retrieve the information.
The cause of the fire is not known, but the police arrested and questioned a suspect. Jermaine Carelse, a spokesperson for the City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue, told Sputnik in a text message there were “no casualties.” Investigations continue.

People in France set-ablaze 874 cars on new year’s eve as part of tradition

Paris [France]: People in France torched nearly 874 vehicles across the country to mark the New Year as part of their decades-old tradition, a media report said.
A total of 874 vehicles were set ablaze across France on new year’s eve as part of a decades-old tradition with coronavirus-related restrictions in place, figure is lower than in previous years, reported CNN citing Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin. French Interior Ministry on Saturday said that a total of 1,316 cars were set on fire in 2019.
Meanwhile, authorities in the country also had taken in more people for questioning than in previous years, with 441 brought in compared to 376 in 2019.
The tradition took place despite the massive rise in COVID-19 infections in the country. France is reporting over 2 lakh cases as nowadays. The European country on Saturday reported 2,19,196 cases in the past 24 hours.
Officials informed that despite the COVID restrictions in central France’s Yonne department, an illegal party with nearly 1,500 people was held. Authorities said that the police forces attempted to control the situation and an investigation will be opened for the illegal organization of the gathering.

‘Fire and Fury’ Corps Commander

New Delhi [India]: Amid the ongoing military standoff with China, Lt Gen Anindya Sengupta would be the new commander of the Leh-based Fire and Fury Corps by the end of this month.
He will succeed Lt Gen PGK Menon who would be completing his tenure of more than a year and represented India in the talks with China to resolve the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh on multiple occasions. “Lt Gen Sengupta is going to take over as the next commander of the Fire and Fury Corps and would be heading the talks from the Indian side with the Chinese whenever they take place,” government sources told ANI.
Due to the sensitive nature of the corps which is looking after both the China and Pakistan borders, the new corps commander would get around 15 days with his predecessor to understand each and every facet of the area and issues related to it.
The Ladakh sector includes both the Kargil sector and the Eastern Ladakh sector where enemies have shown aggression in the last two decades.
The Corps is also in charge of the Siachen area which has been the world’s highest and coldest battlefield for more than three decades now.
India and China have been in a military standoff position for almost two years now post Chinese aggression in the Eastern Ladakh sector in the April-May timeframe last year.
China has deployed more than 60,000 troops opposite Indian areas and is building infrastructure at a rapid pace. India had also made similar deployments and have deployed heavy weaponry to counter the aggression by them.
Lt Gen Sengupta is presently posted in the Army Headquarters. He is from the Punjab Regiment and has also commanded a counter-terrorist force in the Kashmir valley before coming to Army headquarters.

Bhopal hospital fire: Shivraj Singh Chouhan holds meeting with ministers, health officials

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India] : Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday held a meeting with ministers and senior health officials of the state over the death of four infants at a government hospital in Bhopal.
As many as four children died after the children’s ward of Bhopal’s Kamla Nehru Hospital caught fire on Monday night. As per state Medical Education Minister Vishvas Sarang, 36 other children admitted in the ward were rescued and are safe.
Sarang also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh for the parents of each deceased child.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan condoled the death of the children and ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident.

“Priyanka adding fuel to fire”

New Delhi [India]: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Uttar Pradesh unit spokesperson Anila Singh on Tuesday said that Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was adding fuel to fire in an emotionally charged situation by visiting Lakhimpur Kheri district and can go to any extent for “photo optics” to gain some “political brownie points”.
As the political ruckus continues after the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. FIR had been registered against 11 people including Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Deependra Hooda and Ajay Kumar Lallu for disturbing the peace. While speaking to ANI, Anila Singh said, “There was an emotionally charged situation in Lakhimpur Kheri. Madam Priyanka Gandhi Vadra can go to any extent for photo optics to gain some political brownie points because they do not work hard on the ground so they keep on finding that if they get any such opportunity then they want to monetise it. Whether we talk about Madam Vadra or other political opposition leaders, they all want to go to that place just to make the situation more worst, Yogi government is not going to allow that.”
Speaking on the FIR lodged against the Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Ajay Mishra Teni’s son, Ashish Mishra, she said, “Everybody is accusing Ajay Mishra and his son. FIR is lodged, judicial enquiry is on and I think very soon many facts will be out. Till then we should wait.”
Commenting on the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel for objecting to the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration, she questioned Congress whether “The party is not happy with the freedom of our country.”
She further added, Chief Minister Baghel should mind his state Chhattisgarh. We all know about the agitation going around in the state. Tribal farmers are suffering in his state.”
Speaking on the impact of Lakhimpur Kheri violence in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, she said, “People of Uttar Pradesh have trust and confidence in CM Yogi Adityanath’s leadership and we have got the trust of people of the state. We will definitely win with a thumping majority.”

Fire breaks out at a chemical factory in Palghar

Palghar (Maharashtra) [India], September 11 : A fire broke out in a chemical factory at Boisar Tarapur industrial area of Palghar district of Maharashtra at 3 AM on Saturday.
As per the information shared by Palghar disaster management, the fire tenders reached the location as soon as they received the information and started dousing the fire. “The factory was closed due to Ganesh Chaturthi holiday and no worker was present inside when the fire broke out,” they said.
The police and the fire brigade are present on the site. No casualties have been reported and the cooling operation is still underway.
More details are awaited

Massive fire broke out at Nepal’s oldest biscuit factory

Kathmandu [Nepal]: A massive fire engulfed Nepal’s oldest biscuit company Nebico on Saturday morning. Smoke plummeted into the sky which was visible from various parts of the capital.
Fire tenders from all three metropolises rushed to the spot, along with those of security agencies and water tankers used for household supply also moved it but the fire kept on burning for hours. Till late Saturday morning, fire brigades continued to struggle to contain the fire. “We were reported about the incident at around 2:15 am and we have reached the spot by 2:20 am and continued the effort to douse the fire,” Nirmal Budhathoki, DSP at Balaju Metropolitan Police informed.
Located inside Balaju Industrial Area, firefighters struggled to contain the fire by deploying all state and security mechanisms.
“We have requested and called in other security agencies- the Armed Police Force, Nepal Army, firefighters and other mechanisms to contain the fire,” Deputy Superintendent of Nepal Police, Budhathoki added.
Established in 1964 as the first biscuit company of the Himalayan Nation, Nebicoalso has been supplying confectioneries and biscuits to the Nepal Army. Situated inside Balaju Industrial Area in Kathmandu, the company claims that it occupies 73,000 square feet of land with an installed capacity of 2400MT per day.
“We are still not able to access the estimated loss as the fire is still out of control. We also are not in the mental condition to access or point out the reason or the site from where the fire started as we are mentally disrupted. It indeed has left everyone shattered and are in a situation of grief,” Arun Paudel, Brand Manager at the company told ANI.
“There are highly inflammable inside the factory, such as ghee, flour, sugar, cartoons which easily catches fire which has created confusion about when will the fire brought under control. We are continuously attempting to bring it under control,” DSP Budhathoki said.

26 Injured, 3 Workers Killed In A Massive Fire At Bangladesh Juice Factory

At least three workers, including two women, died and 26 others were injured in a massive fire at a juice factory on the outskirts of Dhaka on Thursday evening, officials said.

The fire broke out at the multi-story building of the Shezan Juice Factory of Hashem Foods Ltd in Bhulota Karnagop area in Narayanganj around 5 p.m. and 15 units of fire services are still struggling to contain it, fire service and civil defence media official M. Rayhan told IANS.

The deceased has been identified by police as Swapna Rani, 34, of Sylhet, and Mina Akter, 33, of Rupganj while another deceased man was yet to be identified. The injured were sent to hospital, Superintendent of Police, Zayedul Alam, said.

The firefighters rescued 12 workers who were trapped on the second and third floors of the building after the fire erupted, Upazila Chief Executive Shah Nusrat said.

The number of injuries and deaths may rise as a large number of workers were inside the factory, some injured workers told IANS.

Of the injured, 10 were sent to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital and 16 were admitted to US Bangla Medical College Hospital at Rupganj.

California Firefighters Battle Big Wildfires In High Heat

Hundreds of firefighters worked Thursday in high heat to beat back three large wildfires in the forests of far Northern California, where the flames destroyed several homes and forced some communities to evacuate.

Mount Shasta, the volcano that towers over the region, was shrouded in a haze from smoke plumes that could be seen in images from weather satellites in space.

The scene was ominously reminiscent of last year’s California wildfire season, which scorched more than 6,562 square miles (17,000 square kilometers) of land, the most in the state’s recorded history.

An extraordinary Pacific Northwest heat wave that extended into the upper reaches of California was slowly receding, but it was only expected to cool off slightly before temperatures trend back up heading into the Fourth of July weekend, forecasters said.

“It is very hot and dry,” said Suzi Johnson, a Shasta-Trinity National Forest spokeswoman for the Salt Fire, which broke out Wednesday and grew to 7 square miles (18 square kilometers), shutting several lanes of Interstate 5 and prompting evacuation orders for some roads in Lakehead, an unincorporated community of around 700 people.

A reporter for the Redding Record Searchlight saw at least a dozen buildings destroyed south of Lakehead, including homes, garages and outbuildings, the paper reported.

Johnson told the paper that investigators were trying to locate a car that may have started the fire Wednesday afternoon near Interstate 5 when hot pieces or parts apparently flew off and ignited dry brush.

About 300 firefighters battled the blaze but were hampered by hot weather and challenging terrain, officials said.

The fire was a threat to homes around Shasta Lake north of the city of Redding, more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) north of San Francisco. The huge lake is popular with vacationers, but its water level is dramatically low because of the drought.

No building damage was reported from two other northern fires, which erupted as California and the rest of the U.S. West was mired in a historic drought tied to climate change.

To the north, the Lava Fire burning partly on the flanks of Mount Shasta grew to nearly 31 square miles (80 square kilometers) and was 25 per cent contained. Evacuation orders for communities near the city of Weed were still in effect.

The steep, rocky terrain challenged nearly 1,300 firefighters battling the blaze, which was ignited by lightning last week.

To the northeast, the Tennant Fire that broke out Monday in the Klamath National Forest and forced evacuations grew to about 15 square miles (38 square kilometers). The fire was expected to advance north toward Oregon, and its cause was being investigated.

Many of California’s national parks have restrictions on campfires, cooking and smoking because of fire risks in the hot, dry summer. The parks are bracing for large crowds over the holiday weekend.

Fire authorities throughout California also have stepped up campaigns urging people not to use fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July, citing both the explosive dangers and the threat of wildfires in the withering conditions.

“The fuels are bone dry,” Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said at a news conference.

“We are extremely concerned about the use of fireworks of all kinds.”

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