Mumbai fire outbreak in Andheri (West): A 32-year-old man died in a massive fire that broke out at a film set in Mumbai’s Andheri (West) area on Friday. Manish Devashi was sent to the civic-run Cooper Hospital for treatment after suffering injuries in the fire. He was declared dead later in the evening.
The blaze erupted at a film set at Chitrakoot Ground next to Andheri Sports Complex, which is surrounded by several high-rise residential and commercial buildings, around 4.30 pm, a civic official said.
Officials had earlier said the fire started in a shop, but confirmed later that it erupted at a temporary pandal where wooden material and other things were stored.
Plumes of black smoke were caught on camera billowing from the spot. The fire was doused after five hours with eight fire engines, five water jetties, and other equipment.
Two sets, one belonging to Rajshri Productions and another of director Luv Ranjan’s film, were gutted in the fire, Ashok Dubey, general secretary of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees, said. One person doing set lighting on Ranjan’s set suffered minor injuries, he added.
Firefighters are yet to ascertain the cause of the Level-2 fire.
Dubey alleged that the contractor who erected the sets was the person who had erected the set at Bangur Nagar that had caught fire a year ago. “Fires keep breaking out quite often (on film sets) and we fail to understand on what basis the municipal corporation gives permission to build sets. Fire safety rules should be followed,” Dubey said.
With inputs from PTI