Shoe store gutted in second fire in Begumpet building
This is the second time in a span of five months that a massive fire has broken out in Pooja Edifice Complex, which housed the showroom. In the earlier incident in March, fire broke out in the third floor and spread to the fourth floor, damaging a consultancy firm and an advocates' office.
After the previous fire, GHMC officials had noted that the complex had poor wiring and no fire safety equipment, including hosepipes and handheld fire extinguishers. The GHMC even ordered a special drive against fire safety violators, targeting mainly building owners who have not secured a no-objection certificate (NOC) from GHMC's fire safety wing. However, the officials failed to take any decisive action.
Incidentally, the fire department had declared Pooja Edifice Complex as fit for use following the March fire. However, the owner did not secure the NOC. When asked, fire department officials said the building owners failed to follow safety guidelines even after that.