One body has been recovered from the Cinevista Studio in Mumbai where fire broke out last night. A serial was being shot at the studio at the time of the tragedy. More than hundred people who were working in the studio escaped unhurt during a break. The fire was doused in two hours. There are no reports of any injuries. The fire was reported from the studio at around 8 pm during the shooting of serial Bepanah, which is telecast on Colors TV channel. Speaking of the incident, Rakesh Kumar, an office-bearer at the studio, said the sets were almost empty at the time of the incident. He added that the fire brigade was informed soon after the blaze was noticed. The fire brigade said that it was informed at around 8:10 pm after which it reached the spot. As many as eight fire trucks, six jumbo water tankers, an aerial ladder platform and ambulances reached the studio to doze off the fire. It was classified as a Level III.
As per fire brigade official, the blaze was confined to a 3,000 sqm space it the studio. A senior official said the fire may have broken out due to the short circuit in the studio’s air conditioners. The fire was extinguished by 9:35 pm. Speaking to media persons, Chief Fire Officer (in-charge), K V Hiwrale had said that the cause of the incident would be probed. Speaking to Indian Express, camera attendant Rajesh Gupta said, “I was sitting near television monitors when someone shouted that there is a fire. I hid below a pool table and looked for a way out. When I found a chance, I broke a window with my foot and jumped out” Ahmad Khan, a photographer by profession who was in the studio to attend a dance shoot in the studio, said quick action by the fire brigade prevented casualties.
Cinevista Studio, which was set up in 1982, is spread over five acres. It has more than 30 filming locations with shows being broadcast on leading channels like Sony, Sahara One, Zee TV and MTV, according to studio’s website.