By Ishwar M. Ail Pics. Dinesh Kulal
MUMBAI: Deputy chief fire officer, Sudhir G Amin, (50) who sustained serious burn injuries in Kalbadevi fire last week died during the treatment on Thursday. He was under treatment at National Burns Centre (NBC) in Airoli since last five days.
City fire brigade chief Sunil Nesrikar and deputy fire officer Sudhir G Amin had sustained serious injuries after a portion of the building collapsed on them during firefighting operation. Nesrikar is under the treatment at NBC.
The four -storey Gokul Niwas building is located on the congested Kalabadevi lane. Two families were living on the top floor of the building and rest of the building housed a garment shop and a godown. On Saturday fire broke in the electric meter box of the building and it spread in entire building. Four of the building’s residents, including a senior citizen and a toddler, escaped unhurt as firemen helped them jump from the terrace of the building to that of an adjoining one.
More than 25 fire engines were pressed into service and the firemen officials learnt that the building was collapsed at any point of time and they instructed firemen involved in the operation to keep safe distance from the building. The victim fire officials were examining the burning building structure at standing close to its entry gate to decide further course of action, when portion of the building collapsed on them. The officials buried in the debris. Firemen managed to removed Nesrikar and Amin after few minutes. But, Rane and Desai were trapped in the debris badly. After couple of hours struggle firemen found the two officers dead under the debris.
Nitte, Dadddodi Sudhir Gopal G. Amin is survived by wife Sharmila, son Yashas and daughter Pranavi. He was an upright officer and was liked by colleagues. He was always willing to lead from the front.
Tulu-Kannadiga Fire officer Amin saved more than 100 people (incuding foreigners) during 26/11 Taj attack. He was received lots of awards including National award.
Governor of Maharashtra and Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is on a three-day China tour with the Prime Minister, has sent his condolences to the family.