Mont Blanc deaths due to suffocation, burns

After the fire that broke out on the 12th floor of Kemps Corner’s Mont Blanc building on December 13 claimed seven lives and left six firemen injured. The fire spread till the 19th floor of the building and some of those residing on the 12th, 14th and 19th floors died in the mishap. While four people were rushed to JJ Hospital, producer Dinesh Gandhi and his wife Devyani were declared dead on arrival.

The fire at Mont Blanc building at Kemps Corner claimed seven lives. Pic/Bipin Kokate

Other than the Gandhis, the watchmen of the building were found charred to death inside the top floors of the building. Ajaykumar Singh, 48, and Bhurelal Mevaria were the victims. While Singh was the liftman of the building, Mevaria was a household helper. The dean of JJ Hospital Dr TP Lahane told SUNDAY MiD DAY, “Three of them died due to extensive burns. However, Mevaria who also sustained burn injuries died due to suffocation caused by the smoke.”

While relatives claimed the bodies of their deceased loved ones on the same day, doctors said they faced difficulty in identifying one body due to extensive burn injuries. “However, relatives came forward and identified Singh’s body who was with Devyani Gandhi in the lift when the mishap took place,” said a senior doctor from the hospital.

While a preliminary report said the fire broke out in an unoccupied flat on the 12th floor of the 26-storey building, fire officials claimed that a cylinder kept in the passageway resulted in the fire spreading to other floors. Meanwhile, the injured firemen who sustained 15-30 per cent burns were shifted to Airoli Burns hospital. 

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