Fire dept finds safety violations in Sector 17
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Following the fire which broke out in a Sector 17 shop on January 22, the Fire and Emergency Services department has decided to inspect all the first floor shops in Sector 17. The block where the fire had broken out was inspected Wednesday.
Talking to Newsline, ML Sharma, the Station Fire Officer (SFO) said, "There are two wooden cabins in the basement, 11 on the ground floor and 14 on the first floor of the building in which the fire broke out. We have noted down all the violations made by the shopkeepers here and soon notices will be issued to them."
Meanwhile, a team from the UT Electricity Department had also visited the place and the rest of the showrooms to check the electricity panels and their condition. The manager of Mochi Shoes said, "The officials have checked our electricity panels and have asked us all to put the circuit breaker switch boards so that if the load on the wires increase, the switch trips instead of resulting in a short circuit".
Violations which the shopkeepers have made in the building will be reported to the Estate Office so that a requisite action can be taken.
Once notices are served to the shopkeepers, they will be given a two-month notice period to make all the arrangements to abide by the norms, or else the shops will be sealed. Several shops on the first floor are violating the fire safety norms. A team of officials will soon inspect all the shops one by one.
Sharma added that there were many violations in the building apart from the absence of the fire fighting equipments.
"All the main corridors have been encroached and covered by the shop keepers. There is no space to run in case of a fire. Also, the place where the deceased Parmaal was charred to death was a very confined space. A person could only sit there. It was not possible to stand," Sharma said.
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