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Aid for fallen fireman

Hrithik Roshan

Mumbai, July 21: Producer-director Rakesh Roshan and other owners of the Mumbai high-rise hit by a blaze last week have pledged Rs 15 lakh to the family of fire-fighter Nitin Ivalekar who died on the job.

“…all members decided to reach out to the family of this brave fireman. We will soon hand over a cheque of Rs 15 lakh to his family,” Roshan, who owns five floors in the 22-storey Lotus Business Park, said.

Son Hrithik, who had visited the Andheri site on Friday while Ivalekar, 34, and his colleagues battled the fire on the top three floors for nearly eight hours, tweeted support. “I support this wholeheartedly. Pls come forward with whatever u cn contribute 4 d family #FiremanIvalekar.”

Civic body BMC has already promised Ivalekar’s widow Rs 15 lakh.

The blaze had injured 20 firemen, with officials citing problems in the building’s fire fighting system and its glazed glass façade that didn’t let the smoke escape. Choppers were sent to rescue some firemen.