Three dead in Zaveri Bazaar building collapse

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On Friday afternoon, a part of a staircase collapsed in a Chippi Chawl, Zaveri Bazaar killing two labourers and rescuing one. The building, which belonged to the Maharashtra Housing Development Authority (MHADA), was undergoing fix when the collapse occurred, DNA reported.

Firemen said while all those feared missing have been pulled out, "a fire engine and a rescue van are stationed at the spot as a precautionary measure since the authorities are demolishing the structure", said chief fire officer P Rahangdale.

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Fire brigade was immadiately rushed on the spot. Three labourers pulled out from under the rubble were taken to JJHospital, where they were declared brought dead. However, the body of Firoz Khan was later found during the rescue operation. One person, Barkat Khan, a scrap dealer, remained missing at the time of going to press. While his son and other dealers were inside, he was in the passage on the first floor. The building had been declared dilapidated by MHADA and repairs were underway through a contractor. Fire brigade officials said rescue operations were delayed owing to congested lanes and the building's narrow entrance. Safar Ul Sheikh (23) and Firoze Khan (22) were the labourers who died in the collapse and the injured labourer was sent to J J Hospital. "An inquiry by the chief engineer has been ordered and he has been asked to examine whether the contractor had taken adequate precautions while carrying out fix work". However, in the month of September, residents vacated the building. We have to take precautions.

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