Mumbai: Over 12 hours after it broke out, the massive fire that swept through the top floors of the Maharashtra government secretariat killing three persons was doused early today. However, fire brigade officials said the cooling operation will continue for the next two days.
“The fire has been doused, but the cooling operation will continue for the next two days,” fire officer SV Joshi said.
A major fire broke out Thursday afternoon in room 411 on the fourth floor and quickly spread, engulfing the three top floors of the six storied iconic Mantralaya building in the heart of South Mumbai.
Fire brigade and city disaster control cell officials said that efforts were on to douse the fire that continued Friday morning.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has ordered an inquiry by the Crime Branch into the incident to ascertain whether it was an accident, negligence or sabotage.
A special meeting of Maharashtra Cabinet will be held today to review the situation in the aftermath of thefire.
Chavan, who has announced a crime branch probe into the incident, will chair the meeting to be held at Vidhan Bhawan, CM’s PRO Aniruddh Ashtaputre, who was among those injured in the incident, said.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar visited Mantralaya this morning and reviewed the work in progress. Offices of various departments located on fourth, fifth and sixth floors damaged in the fire would be shifted to Vidhan Bhawan and Sahyadri Guest house, Chavan said.
Pawar told reporters at Mantralaya that the CM’s office on the sixth floor had remained comparatively unscathed by the fire which had gutted nearby offices. The Cabinet is expected to review the preparation for the monsoon session of the state Legislature, scheduled to begin on July 9. Agencies