Pune: Panic In Akurdi As Fire Erupts At Scrap Shop Due To Gas Leak

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Pune, 19th January 2024: A fire erupted at a scrap shop in Akurdi Gaothan around 7 pm today, resulting in injuries to four individuals. The injured have been promptly referred to Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial (YCM) Hospital in Pimpri for further medical treatment. Preliminary investigations suggest that the fire was caused by a gas leak during cooking activities.



The injured individuals have been identified as Popat Adsul (50 years old), Santosh Chanal (45 years old), Shrikant Kamble (32 years old), and Naresh Chavan (38 years old). Immediate medical attention was provided, and they were swiftly transported to YCM Hospital for necessary care.

The concerning issue arising from this fire accident is the absence of dedicated burn units in key PCMC hospitals, such as YCM, Thergaon, Bhosari, Akurdi, and Jijamata Hospital. This leads to burn victims being directed to Pune’s Sassoon Hospital. Following incidents like the Talawade fire tragedy, PCMC is hastening efforts to set up a local burn ward for improved emergency response.

Upon receiving the report of the incident, four vehicles from Pradhikaran, Thergaon and Pimpri promptly arrived at the scene. The fire, which originated at Akshay Scrap Center, consumed various materials such as cardboard, plastic scraps, perfume body sprays, empty cans, scrap batteries, and household plastic items.

The four injured individuals were residing in a small living space within the scrap shop. The incident occurred while they were cooking, resulting in a substantial gas leak that ignited into flames. The loud sound and intense flames caused panic in the area. Firefighters swiftly intervened, extinguishing the fire with water and ensuring the injured were promptly transported to YCM hospital. A total of 32 fire personnel were involved in the operation, emphasizing the urgency of providing medical assistance to the victims.