Mumbai Kamala Mills fire: 14 dead, many injured in roof-top pub blaze
At least 15 people confirmed dead and as many injured after a major fire in a building in Kamala Mills Compound in Lower Parel, an official said
Kamala Mills fire. Pic/Sameer Markande
At least 15 people confirmed dead and as many injured after a major fire in a building in Kamala Mills Compound in Lower Parel, an official said. The fire broke out shortly after midnight on the third floor of the four-storeyed building on Senapati Bapat Marg, a commercial hub of the city, a civic official told PTI.
BMC Commissinor Ajay Mehta at the spot were 14 peoples died in huge fire at and dozen of them injured in fire at Houses several offices and Mojo bistro and 1 Above Restaurant Kamala Mills Lower parel. Pics/Bipin Kokate
The blaze was reported around 12.30 a.m. from the roof-top of the building that houses two eaterie, One Above and The Mojo, in The Kamla Trade House. Apparently, the fire broke out in one of the two pubs and quickly spread to surrounding pubs and a restaurants, said an official of BMC Disaster Control.
While the majority of the victims are reported to have perished on the spot, the firemen could rescue 10 others safely from the leaping flames. The injured have been admitted to the KEM Hospital and other hospitals for treatment.
The injured were taken to the KEM, and Sion hospitals, the official from the BMC disaster management unit said. Several fire tenders, water tankers, emergency ambulance and police personnel rushed to the spot for rescue operation, he said.
Kamala Mills fire
The entire pub and the surrounding complex was full of patrons including many women and tourists thronging the fashionable area to unwind. Mumbai Police have booked the owner of the pub for negligence and other charges for the fire, suspected to be triggered by an electric short-circuit. There are many major corporate and media house offices situated in the posh Kamla Mills Complex whose working is likely to be affected on Thursday.
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The building, in Central Mumbai, houses some commercial establishments including hotels. According to the official, the cause of the fire remains to be ascertained.
Celebs react to the fire at Kamala Mills. Below are some tweets...
I pray for the families who’ve been injured and those who lost their lives in the tragic fire at Kamala Mills. Really unfortunate and sad.— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) December 28, 2017
On the administrative side, investigation will happen, and the BMC will come down hard on the violations of fire safety norms.
Terrible to hear of the London Taxi fire & the tragic loss of lives. With such a high density of restaurants & offices at Kamala Mills & the like, they're sitting ducks for disasters, without stringent safety measures & enforcement— Siddhartha Basu (@babubasu) December 29, 2017
14 dead, 10injured in fire at Kamala Mills.Why FIR only against Manager and Owner of Restaurant?Why no FIR against BMC for giving License without fulfilling fire norms?Why not FIR against Fire Dept that turned a blind eye to the mushrooming joints?— abha singh (@Abha_ypsingh) December 29, 2017
Urgent, overdue fire audit required at Kamala Mills before more fires claim still more lives. Most restaurants flagrantly flout safety norms .— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) December 29, 2017
Disturbing to know about the loss of lives in unfortunate #KamalaMills fire incident in Mumbai.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) December 29, 2017
My thoughts are with the families who lost their loved ones and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured.
Directed the BMC Commissioner to conduct an in-depth enquiry.
(With inputs from agencies)
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