Shirdi Pilgrimage Bus Catches Fire in Thane; 21 Passengers Rescued

A private bus carrying around 21 passengers caught fire near Thane on Tuesday, January 5. No passengers were harmed

Mamta Raut

January 7, 2021

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A private bus carrying around 21 passengers caught fire near Thane on Tuesday, January 5. It is reported that the bus was returning after visiting Shirdi. Mid-way the vehicle caught fire and the alert driver noticed the flames and immediately asked all the passenger to empty the vehicle. The fire brigade and local authorities were immediately called to help the passengers get off of the vehicle.

Police said, “No passengers were injured in the incident and everyone is rescued.” A case has been filed and police are investigating on how the incident took place. A civic official while releasing his statement said, “As many as 21 pilgrims returning to Mumbai from Shirdi had a narrow escape after their bus caught fire here on Tuesday evening”

The luxury bus, on its way to suburban Borivali, went up in flames on the highway just near the Jupiter Hospital in the Thane city. Fortunately, none of the passengers aboard suffered injuries, informed Santosh Kadam, the chief of the Thane Municipal Corporation’s Regional Management Cell.

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When the officials received the call about the incident, firemen and traffic police and RDMC officers rushed to the spot to curb the spread of flames. It is said that all the passengers hail from the Ahmedabad district. They planned a pilgrimage trip to visit the holy Shirdi, however, while returning the small group faced the heinous incident. Although the cause of the fire hasn’t been identified yet. The designated officials are yet investigating the root cause of the fire.

After remaining shut for almost seven months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Sai Baba temple began welcoming devotees since November. The visitors will be allowed only after making a booking online for a specific time slot. Also, people visiting the temple need to show a negative COVID-19 result at the gate.

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“We are glad that the government has allowed us to open after so many months. Devotees who want to visit will have to do online booking to get a time-slot for the ‘darshan’. Along with this, people will also have to show a COVID-negative RT-PCR result at the gate. Children aged eight to ten won’t be allowed,” announced the temple representative at that time.

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