The smoke cloud from a fire that broke out in a private car travelling on the road under Chakala Metro Station sparked panic among commuters on Wednesday afternoon.
According to eye-witnesses, a white Honda City travelling on the Andheri-Kurla Road caught fire while it was passing under the Chakala (JB Nagar) Metro Station around 2 pm today.
While the driver managed to escape the vehicle on time, a thick cloud of smoke engulfed the area surrounding the vehicle.
Since the car caught fire right under the metro station’s floor, there was no vertical space for the smoke to escape. As a result, it started escaping from both sides of the metro station’s premises.
The glimpses of smoke near the station spread panic among commuters, many of whom left the premises hurriedly. Local police was deployed to deal with the massive crowd that had gathered below the station.
Mumbai Fire Brigade was immediately alerted about the blaze, following which four fire tenders and water tankers were rushed to douse the flames.
The fire has been brought under control as of publishing this report. Commuter movement from the Versova-side exit is still restricted as cooling operation is underway.
The incident did not result in any casualties or affect Metro services.
“There has been a fire at the road level below Chakala Metro station. However, train services are uninterrupted. You may contact us on 30310900 or speak to our Customer Care Officer for more information,” Mumbai Metro said.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
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