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Mumbai’s deputy fire chief Sudhir Amin succumbs to burns from Kalbadevi fire

MUMBAI: The city’s deputy chief fire officer Sudhir Amin, who suffered fourth-degree burns in the f


ire at Gokul Niwas, Kalbadevi, last Saturday, succumbed to his injuries following multiple organ failure at 4.30pm on Thursday at the National Burns Centre, Airoli. “Having inhaled large amounts of smoke, his respiratory tract was damaged and he was unable to breathe independently and so he was put on ventilator,” said Dr Sunil Keswani, medical director at the centre. It was a personal loss for Dr Keswani, who called Amin a close friend he had known for over 10 years.

The fire brigade gave Amin a guard of honour at the Byculla fire station on Thursday evening in the presence of the civic chief and senior corporators. Later, his body was taken to his Chembur residence for the last rites.

Chief fire officer Sunil Nesrikar, who suffered 50% burns in the incident, is stable, but continues to be in ICU and hasn’t been told about Amin’s death. “He won’t be told till he is out of ICU. Nesrikar has to be physically and mentally strong to deal with the loss,” said Dr Keswani. Amin is survived by wife Sharmila, son Yashas and daughter Pranavi. “He was to go on a holiday the next day (Sunday), but sadly that did not happen. He was looking forward to a break,” said a colleague. “He was an upright officer and was liked by colleagues. He was always willing to lead from the front.”


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