Koramangala fire put down in two hours, 15 fire engines rushed in

A day after the fire mishap in a marriage hall in Sumanahalli, a Reliance Footprint outlet in Koramangala caught fire on September 22nd. The footwear outlet is located along the 80 feet road in VII Block that connects Forum Mall with National Games Village.

Firemen at work as smoke billows out. Pic: Navya P K.

The first floor of the building caught fire by 1.15 pm on Thursday, but no one was injured. "People evacuated themselves on seeing the fire, so no one was hurt. The extent of damage to property has not been ascertained yet. Electric short circuit is suspected to have caused the fire," said A R Infant, DGP (Fire and Emergency Services).

Wet pavement glinting as the firemen blast water into the building. Pic: Navya P K.

Fifteen fire fighting vehicles worked on the site, and the fire was brought under control by 3.30 pm. "Initially we had some difficulty in getting into the building as there was dense smoke, and because the staircase was blocked by shoes and other materials," said B K Hampagol, Deputy Director (Technical) at the Fire department.

The shop carries products including shoes, bags and umbrellas made of materials like plastic, cotton, polythene etc.

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Navya has 12 years of experience in journalism, covering development, urban governance and environment. She was earlier Senior Journalist, Citizen Matters, and Reporter, The New Indian Express. She has also freelanced for publications such as The News Minute, Factor Daily and India Together. Navya won the All India Environment Journalism Award, 2013, for her investigative series on the environmental violations of an upcoming SEZ in Bengaluru, published in Citizen Matters. She also won the PII-UNICEF fellowship in 2016 to report on child rights in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Navya has an MA in Political Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and a PG Diploma from the Asian College of Journalism.