In India lack of proper legislative provisions has led to several fire accidents in the country that have claimed a substantial number of lives and caused damages of millions. 2018 was no exception if the rising cases of fire accidents in the country are considered. Here, are the top worst fire accidents occurred in India in the year 2018.
- Fire explosion in a cracker factory in Warangal took 10 lives
A major fire erupted at the fireworks factory situated in the Warangal district of Telangana on July 4, 2018. At least 10 people lost their lives and two people suffered serious injuries in the fire accident. The government announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakhs for the members of the deceased’s family. (source link)
- A major fire explosion at BPCL Plant Injured more than 40 people
At least 43 people were severely injured in a boiler blast at Bharat Petroleum Refinery in Chembur area of Mumbai. The accident took place on August 9, 2018, at the state-run BPCL refinery. The injured were rushed to the refinery’s medical center and nearby hospitals. Thankfully, no casualties were reported in the incident. (Source link)
- Six dead, more than 140 rescued from a fire accident in Mumbai Hospital
A major fire outbreak at government-run ESIC Kamgar Hospital located at Marol in suburban Andheri, Mumbai lead to the death of 10 people and more than 140 people were rescued. The accident took place on December 17, 2018. Eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot of accident immediately. The fire officials labelled it as a Grade IV fire which is categorised as severe fire. (Source Link)
- 27 People Burnt Alive after a moving bus caught fire in Bihar’s Motihari
27 people people were charred to death in a bus travelling from Muzzafarpur to New Delhi. The accident occurred while the bus driver was trying to prevent a collision with a two-wheeler. The bus turned turtle and 27 people were gutted in the fire. (Source link)
- Five dead and five injured in a massive fire outbreak in a Lucknow situated hotel.
A massive fire took the lives of at least five people and injured other five in an accident that occurred at the Virat Hotel in Lucknow. According to the reports, the fire was caused by cooking gas leakage that originated in the hotel’s kitchen. The entire building was gutted in the saddening fire accident that occurred on June 19, 2018. (Source Link)
- A major fire accident took the life of four when Technic Plus One Building Caught fire
A fire outbreak at the Technic Plus One Building, a nine-story commercial complex in suburban Goregaon took four lives and injured 9. The accident that happened on 27 May 2018 gutted the building. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said that it will prepare a report to check whether the fire safety regulations were properly followed in the building or not. The fire was initially classified as Level II fire but soon turned to Level III fire and claimed four lives. (Source Link)
- Bawana Fire accident
It’s been one year since the Bawana fire accident, but this is one of the worst fire accidents of 2018, where 17 people were charred to death. The victims were mostly workers of an unauthorized factory, and they were trapped inside the premises as the escape routes were blocked due to locked gates and unauthorized constructions. (Source link)
Most of the fire accidents tell us about the appalling status of fire safety implementation and general laxity amongst the public. We believe only with a mass drive to educate the general public and strict adherence to fire safety laws can help to avoid these incidents in future