The Hush Post|1-min-read
A massive fire engulfed a forested area of about four kilometres at Mumbai’s Goregaon on Monday evening. Firefighters struggled to contain the flames near Aarey Colony that threatened tribal residents who live in the area.
Mumbai’s famous Film City occupies part of the Aarey Colony, which is located off the Western Express Highway. The forests are a rich reservoir of the city’s flora and fauna.
Fire department officials said they were trying to douse the blaze but the fire was flaggerating due to the winds coming from the hills. There were no reports of human casualties in the blaze so far.
The huge fire was visible from as far as the Western Express Highway. The blaze started around 6:30 pm in an open plot near an IT Park along the General Arun Kumar Vaidya Marg in the western suburb.
“Until 7.30 pm, the blaze remained confined to trees, dry leaves etc. within a distance of 3-4 km from the spot of fire. However, at night it started moving towards the residential localities,” said Chief Fire Officer Prabhat Rahangdale.
Fire vehicles were unable to enter the forested area due to lack of access. “However, we have managed to put two small hose lines into operation,” Rahangdale told mediapersons.
“Fire personnel are trying to put out flames with ‘beaters’,the branches of trees, to create a fire break,” the officer said.
10 firefighting engines, seven JTs (jumbo tankers), three Quick Response Vehicles have been pressed into service.
Aarey Colony is spread over 16 square km and covers 12 villages.