Around 4.30 am on Saturday, a major fire broke in British era ground-plus-five storey Kothari building which is also known as the Light of Asia fort. Till now no one sustained any serious injury in the incident. It was an unoccupied building and portion of it collapsed during the firefighting operation.
No one was trapped inside the building. Fireman had put 16 fire engines into firefighting operation to ensure that it should not spread in neighbouring buildings. They managed to control the fire after three hours of struggle, said fire official.
The building was a C-1 category (most dangerous) and the state government authority, Mhada had vacated the premises four years ago. Such buildings need to be demolished for reconstruction. There is no clarity why Mhada failed to demolish the dangerous structure in last four years, putting lives of thousands of pedestrians in danger who passes from the building regularly.