Mumbai: The family of a fireman, Nitin Ivalekar, who was killed after being trapped for hours on the rooftop of a burning Mumbai high-rise on Friday has refused to take his body.
Ivalekar's wife on Saturday said that the family would not cremate his body until they get a written assurance of the compensation.
About 30 firemen had gone to the 22-storey Lotus Business Park building in Andheri, where the fire started at around 11 am. Nearly a dozen of them were trapped for hours on the rooftop after the fire they had put out started again. While a coast guard chopper pulled out one of the men, the other fire fighters climbed down to safety after the fire was doused again.
The fire completely destroyed the first two floors before the personnel brought it under control.
People had been evacuated from the building. The fire personnel used the "top-down approach" as they went from floor to floor, fighting the blaze and rescuing people.
A dozen firemen were left on the rooftop when the dying fire suddenly became stronger due to the winds. The dramatic rescue of one firefighter was watched by a huge crowd below.
The building, located near the Lokhandwala Link Road, has many offices including those of film stars like Hrithik Roshan and Ajay Devgn.
"The fire caused panic among the people working at the building. This made the evacuation process a little difficult. But everyone was evacuated in time," an officer had said earlier.