Bengaluru mudpipe cafe fire: Strict action for violation of safety norms,56 teams from four zones Fire department officials will launch fire safety audit on all multi storeyed commercial establishments

Pramesh S Jain & Yogesh K Porwar


S Many as 56 teams of fire and emergency service personnel from four zones will launch fire safety audit on all multi storeyed commercial establishments including hotels,bars and restaurants,where the fire equipment is being used.

The inspection team comprising of DFO and fire officials will conduct checks on the permits and fire safety measures.

The violators will be served notice seeking explanation and to upgrade the fire safety measures,Kamal Pant, Director General of Police,Fire and emergency service, told reporters.

The Inspection team would also alert BBMP officials concerned in case of any violations in terms of building bylaws or permit condition,he added.

As per the rules buildings which are 21 meters and above should mandatorily obtain NOC from fire department .

But there are many building which have not obtained the NOC but also violated the licensing conditions,a senior fire officer part of the mudpipe fire operation, said .

Preliminary investigations revealed that the explosion cause due to leakage in the LPG cylinder which are stored near the kitchen unscientifically.

Usually the cylinders are stored below the stove or burners which helps flow of gas easily.However here in Mudpipe cafe,the cylinders were kept above the stove and leakage in one of the cylinders trigger the fire.

Luckily,except few staff the cafe was empty otherwise the damage could have been more,he said .

The Sudduguntepalya police have registered a case against the building owner and owner of the cafe .

The accused cafe owner was arrested and released later sources and hunt is on for absconding accused he added.