Bengaluru, Feb 23: It has been six years when Carlton Towers, situated on Old Airport Road in East Bengaluru, was engulfed in flames, killing nine people and injuring over 70, on Feb 23, 2010.
Since than, the commercial building completely shut its operations. But 14 organisations have started functioning in 20 units from last year. The building has a space of 160 units.
After six years, the building has been renovated. [I befriended death, so it taught me about life: Maneesha Ramakrishnan, Carlton Tower survivor]
But many companies are still not ready to buy official space in that building.
What happened on Feb 23, 2010?
According to reports, fire had broke out in a lift service cable on second floor and it quickly spread to the seventh floor. Blaze was so massive, that it even blocked the staircase, leaving no scope for escape for employees. [9 feared dead in Bangalore Carlton Towers fire]
Out of nine deaths, three people reportedly jumped off from building to escape from fire.
In connection with the blaze, four people including owner Rafiqur Rehman, Carlton security in-charge Ramachandra Bhandari, electrical in-charge Kempegowda and building maintenance in- charge Chennaiah, were arrested and booked for negligence on Feb 28, 2010.