Garbage duct explodes at Kharadi building
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An explosion suspected to have originated in the garbage duct of a residential building in Kharadi early on Thursday damaged the elevator assembly, window and door panes on six floors of the 12-storey building, police said.
The primary examination by the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) has pointed towards the trapped gas that had emanated from the decomposing garbage.
The incident took place in C wing of the Colonnade residential complex in Kharadi around 3.30 am. Amit Sharma, a resident of the seventh floor of the building said, "We woke up hearing a loud thumping sound. We then heard people shouting. As we stepped out of the flat and started going towards the staircase we saw fumes coming out of the opening to the garbage chute. We thought it would be unsafe to climb down and preferred to stay in the flat." The building has 47 flats and almost all are occupied.
Fire officer Ramesh Gangad said, "We got a call around 3.30 am. By 3.45 am we started our operation. Prima facie it looked as if the fire was due to explosion of trapped gas. The glass window panes were broken and the door opening towards the staircase and those of the lift from sixth to twelfth floor had bent due to the force of the expanding gas due to explosion."
Deputy commissioner of police (Zone IV) Manoj Patil said, "The garbage chute has an opening on the 12th floor. We suspect the gas to have entered the lift duct as it came out of the this opening. As of now we do not know where the spark ignited the gas. But the maximum damage is on the sixth floor. Fortunately, no person was around the lift when the explosion took place. Looking at the way the expanding gas has caused the damage we can rule out the presence of any explosive substance. But tests are being carried out for all the possibilities."
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