A fire broke out on Tuesday, 5th April in the morning in MIDC areas of Adavali and Bhutavali in Navi Mumbai predominantly having commercial godowns and establishments, the fire was doused by 12 noon with the joint efforts of fire personnel and fire tenders sourced from NMMC, MIDC and TMC. Preliminary findings by NMMC fire department revealed that the fire was due to a leakage from a petrol-diesel pipeline passing through the area going up to Delhi.
Corroborating this, Mahape MIDC senior police inspector, Rajendra Avhad, said, “We have filed an incident report wherein it was found that there was some leakage of diesel from the underground pipeline that led to the fire. The leakage was detected to be going on since Monday.”
Fire tenders were sourced from Vashi, Koparkhairane, Airoli and Nerul fire stations besides MIDC and TMC to arrest the blaze. By 10am, MIDC fire officer RB Patil revealed that the men had succeeded in bringing the fire under control by spraying foam to contain the spread of the oil leakage further into the channel while cooling operations were under way. “Fire tenders took more than four hours to bring the fire under control. A total of five fire tender vehicles were sent by NMMC. The primary requirement was foam to douse fire as the fuel from the pipeline had leaked into the adjacent drainage channel and with the presence of slums in close proximity, it was necessary to bring the fire under control immediately,” an official from NMMC fire department told newspersons.