Mumbai: Fire breaks out at shopping complex in Borivli

Updated: Jul 11, 2020, 10:42 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

As heat and smoke have extended to the ground and the first floor, ventilation work is being undertaken at the site with the help of JCB by removing side grills of the basement

Firefighters trying to douse the fire at Indraprastha shopping centre in Borivli West. Pic/Satej Shinde
Firefighters trying to douse the fire at Indraprastha shopping centre in Borivli West. Pic/Satej Shinde

A Level 4 fire broke out at a shopping centre in Mumbai’s Borivli West area early this morning. At least 14 fire engines have rushed to the spot to douse the fire. No casualties have been reported so far.

The blaze was first noticed around 3 am in the basement which is a big hub of mobile phones and accessories. Later it quickly spread to the ground and two upper floors affecting several other stores, including garments, footwear, and jewellery shops.

Chief Fire Officer Prabhat Rahangdale said, “The fire has spread to the upper floors of the shopping centre. We have deployed a robot to contain the fire. Fourteen fire engines and 13 jumbo tanker are being used to douse the fire.”  

A firefighter trying to extinguish the fire in the basement of the shopping complex. Pic/Satej Shinde

A firefighter trying to extinguish the fire in the basement of the shopping complex. Pic/Satej Shinde

As heat and smoke have extended to the ground and the first floor, ventilation work is being undertaken at the site with the help of JCB by removing side grills of the basement. There are 10 small engine lines in operation in the basement and one small line on the first floor. An exhaust blower has also been put in operation for the extraction of smoke.

According to reports, the security incharge at the complex claimed that the fire broke out due to a short circuit at one of the shops in the shopping complex.

Last month, a fire incident was reported at the office of the Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait in South Mumbai's Nariman Point area.

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