Thiruvananthapuram: A fire engulfed the Medical Services Corporation storage facility located in Kinfra Industrial Park, Thumba here. The incident resulted in the complete destruction of the building where various chemicals were stored.
During the operation to douse the fire, a concrete structure collapsed, claiming the life of a firefighter. The deceased has been identified as Ranjith (32), an officer of Kerala Fire and Rescue Services. He hailed from Attingal.
The incident unfolded at around 1:30 am, accompanied by a powerful explosion in the godown. At the time, only a security guard was present on the premises. The district's entire firefighting units rushed to the scene. The security guard of the warehouse first saw the fire and informed the fire services, a police officer said. "A beam of the building suddenly fell upon the fireman, crushing him. He was rushed to the hospital but he succumbed to the injuries," he told PTI.
The cause of the fire is not known yet.
Condolences poured in from various quarters in the untimely death of the young fireman who lost his life while delivering duty.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, General Education and Labour Minister V Sivankutty and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly V D Satheesan expressed grief in light of the tragedy.
In a message, the Chief Minister said he conveyed his condolence to Ranjith's family members.
Minister Sivankutty, in a Facebook post, said the fire in the building was "unfortunate" and the government would carry out a probe into the incident.
Last week, another warehouse of KMSCL was gutted in fire in Kollam district following which Health Minister Veena George ordered a probe into the incident.
With PTI inputs