Deepika Padukone's house is on the 26th floor, while her office is four storeys lower. After the mishap, she tweeted: "I am safe. Thank you everyone. Let us pray for our firefighters who are at site risking their lives." Her spokesperson confirmed, "The actress wasn't home. She was at a brand shoot in a suburban studio. Her entire team was evacuated safely in time."
"There was a layer of smoke in the corridor. We ran down quickly," said another house help from the 29th floor.
Guards Start Evacuation
Security guards told mid-day that a fire alarm went off as soon as the fire broke. They immediately went to work, evacuating the residents. While some residents started moving out immediately, others were caught unawares. "We saw smoke rising from the top-floor corner apartment. We ran into the building and started alerting the residents, some of whom were not aware of what was happening," said Sher Khan, one of the guards. Another watchman, Sameer Khan, said, "Two servants were at the duplex that got gutted, but fortunately, they had already left."
A total of 95 residents were evacuated. Sources said that in the chaos, the fire department was only alerted at 2 pm, half an hour after the fire had broken out. The fire was finally contained around 6.50 pm.
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