A Major fire broke out at the high-security Naval Dockyard near Kalaghoda in South Mumbai at 4.30 pm on Thursday. Fire officials fought to control the blaze erupting from the rear of the ground and from two structures situated near the Elephant Gate of the naval dockyard.
The upper floor of the 204-year-old administrative building was up in flames even as about 100 men from the Mumbai Fire Brigade, INS Shikra and Indian Navy tried to douse the flames for over three hours.
It was a lucky escape for more than 100 Navy officers, who had left after the last shift just before the fire broke out. More than 300-400 naval officers of various ranks work in the building in shifts.
“Usually, the last shift at the administrative building — which houses Admiral Superintendent departments — ends at 4.30 pm. Not many people were in the building when the fire broke out,” said Ganesh Mahprolkar, a contract worker at the fabrication department of the dockyard.