4-km wide fire in forest near Mumbai’s Aarey Colony doused after all-night operation
A 4-km-wide fire broke out in the forest area near Mumbai’s Aarey Colony Colony in Goregaon on Monday evening. Firefighters rushed to the spot to contain the flames that were threatening the residents. They were able to douse the blaze. The winds blowing from hills were helping it spread to the nearby residential areas. No causalities have been reported so far.
The Chief Fire Officer, Prabhat Rahangdale, told the media sources that Disaster Management Control Room informed all the police stations surrounding the forest. It instructed them to be prepared for the evacuation process if the fire went out of control. The fire started around 6:30 pm from an open plot near an IT park in the western suburb.
The fire then spread towards the residential areas like New Dindoshi Green Hill Society in Goregaon (East). Until 7:30 pm, the fire remained till dry leaves and trees. The fire vehicles were unable to enter into the forested area. The firefighters put two hose lines into the operation. Also, they roped forest staff and volunteers to douse the fire using tree branches. Aarey Colony, which is spread over 16 square km, includes 12 villages.
Rahangdale said, “A total of 10 fire fighting engines, seven JTs, three Quick Response Vehicles were pressed into service. Apart from fire personnel, forest officers and Mumbai police personnel also helped in putting out flames.”