Crane operator saves 50 lives as firefighters arrive late

When a fire broke out in a building in Mundka, a passing crane operator used his crane to save more than 50 lives. Dayanand Tiwari, a crane operator, used his crane to save more than 50 lives during a fire at Mundka in Delhi on May 13. He was on his way from Mundka Udyog Nagar when he noticed the fire. He rushed near the scene with his crane, saving lives before firefighters arrived.

Tiwari said, “I was coming from Mundka Udyog Nagar when I saw the fire in the building. With the help of our crane, we rescued around 50-55 people, mostly women.

“Later the fire became huge and due to which we could not save the others. Our crane operator and our assistant were also present during the rescue operation. It was a very scary sight. The firefighters are arrived there after 1.5 hours, he added.

According to the crane operator, the firefighters arrived on the scene approximately 1h30 after the outbreak of the fire. Initially, 15 fire engines arrived at the scene and began the rescue effort. Later, nearly 30 firefighters participated in efforts to extinguish the blaze.

The Bharatiya Janata Party blamed the incident on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. According to Amit Malviya, head of the BJP’s national information and technology department, the 1.5 hour delay in getting firefighters to the scene is unjustifiable, and CM Arvind Kejriwal should be held accountable for the lives lost.

In a tweet, Malviya said: “The devastating Mundka fire which claimed the lives of 27 people could have been prevented or brought under control if the firefighters had arrived in time. 1h30 late is completely inexplicable. Arvind Kejriwal’s mishandling is responsible for the accident and the loss of life. He must be accountable. »

On May 13, 2022, 27 people died in a horrific event at Mundka in Delhi following a building fire. The fire broke out in Mundka, near Delhi’s border with Bahadurgarh, Haryana, late Friday afternoon. The fire started in a four-story structure that housed the offices of many different companies. Later on Saturday, another fire broke out in Narela in Delhi at a plastic factory. Fortunately, no loss of life was reported.

It should be noted that the Delhi Fire Service is administered by the National Capital Territory Government of Delhi. The administrative responsibility of the Delhi Fire Department, which was previously held by the Delhi Municipality, was transferred to the National Capital Territory Government of Delhi effective November 10, 1994. Currently, the department falls under the Aam Aadmi Party – headed the government of Arvind Kejriwal.

Recurring major fires in Delhi

So far, six major fires have occurred in the country’s capital. These accidents claimed the lives of approximately 200 people. Whenever there is an investigation after a fire, it is discovered that negligence is the main cause of such occurrences.

Before the Mundka tragedy, the last major fire in Delhi occurred on December 8, 2019. Early in the morning, a major fire broke out at a four-storey factory on Rani Jhansi Road in the heart of the city. This terrible fire killed 43 workers. Earlier this year, on the night of February 11-12, a fire broke out at the Arpit hotel in the Karolbagh region. In this incident, 17 people died.

In 2018, there was also a major fire in Delhi. The accident happened in January 2018, when a fire broke out at an illegal firecracker factory in the Bawana district, killing 17 people.

Nevertheless, the Uphaar Cinema fire remains the worst fire in Delhi. On June 13, 1997, a devastating fire broke out at Uphaar Cinema in South Delhi. The movie “Border” was shown at the time and the hall was full. This accident claimed the lives of 59 people. Witnesses said fire trucks arrived on the scene half an hour later, resulting in more casualties.