A devastating fire erupted in a hotel located in Santacruz East, Mumbai, claiming the lives of three individuals and leaving two others injured. The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon at the Galaxy Hotel in Prabhat Colony, sending shockwaves through the local community.
The blaze, which originated on the third floor of the ground-plus-four-story hotel, quickly spread to engulf the surroundings, consuming electric wiring, power installations, air-conditioning units, curtains, mattresses, and wooden furniture in multiple rooms. Common areas such as the ducts, staircases, and lobby were also not spared by the fire’s wrath, as it wreaked havoc throughout the building.
Hospital authorities confirmed that Rupal Kanji (25), Kishan (28), and Kantilal Gordhan Vara (48) tragically lost their lives due to the fire. Their untimely demise has left a void in the hearts of their loved ones and the entire community. Alfa Vakhariya (19) and Manjula Vakhariya (49) sustained injuries and are currently undergoing medical treatment.
Fire Brigade to Rescue
Officials from the fire brigade department responded swiftly to the emergency, categorizing the blaze as a Level I incident in accordance with their protocols. It took the combined efforts of three hose lines, a high-pressure first aid line, four fire engines, and four water tankers to bring the fire under control. The firefighters battled the flames for hours, with their dedication ultimately leading to the successful dousing of the fire by 3:20pm.
The fire’s impact was far-reaching, causing significant damage to the affected rooms and common areas. Room number 103 and 203 bore the brunt of the inferno, with wiring, furniture, air conditioning units, and mattresses being reduced to ashes. The destructive flames also consumed laundry clothes, room blankets, and wiring in the common duct that spanned from the first to the third floor of the hotel.
Local authorities and emergency response teams are working diligently to investigate the cause of the fire. As the community mourns the loss of lives and assesses the extent of the damage, the incident serves as a somber reminder of the importance of fire safety measures and preparedness in public establishments.
The Galaxy Hotel, once a place of comfort and hospitality, now stands as a poignant symbol of tragedy and loss. As the investigation unfolds, questions regarding safety protocols, building maintenance, and fire prevention measures will undoubtedly come to the forefront. The aftermath of this heartbreaking incident will continue to resonate within the community, prompting a collective call for enhanced safety measures to prevent such a devastating event from occurring again.Uttar