Mumbai: At least six people died in a fire that broke out in a 20-storey Kamala building near Mumbai’s Bhatia hospital in Tardeo on Saturday morning, said Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The fire has been brought under control. However, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
The blaze erupted around 7 am in Sachinam Heights building located opposite Bhatia Hospital at Gowalia Tank, when many of its residents were still asleep, the official of the BMC said. DCP Saurabh Tripathi said according to preliminary investigation, the fire broke out on the 15th floor and went upwards via duct. The 19th floor was the most affected, he said.
WATCH: Major Fire Breaks Out In Mumbai’s Tardeo
“21 fire tenders are brought here. Traffic police and local police were involved in rescue operations,” news agency ANI quoted the DCP as saying.
“Several persons were rescued, of them 29 were taken to different nearby hospitals as some of them were injured, while others complained of health problems, like suffocation,” PTI quoted an official as saying.
Seven of the injured were taken to the BMC-run Nair Hospital, where five died, while one more succumbed to injuries at the civic-run Kasturba Hospital, he said, adding 17 injured were admitted to Bhatia Hospital, where five were discharged following treatment, while three of the 12, who are currently undergoing treatment there, are in a critical condition.
One person was admitted to Masina Hospital and the patient’s condition is stable, another one who was admitted to Whockherdt Hospital was discharged. One more patient, who was admitted to H N Reliance Hospital, was also discharged, the official said.
Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis alleged that nearby hospitals refused to admit the injured persons, which he said resulted in “more deaths”, and sought action against those responsible for the fatalities.
Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray on Saturday said that he is in constant touch with the authorities, adding that rescue and cooling operations are underway. “In touch with the authorities regarding the fire outbreak at the Kamala building in Tardeo. The fire brigade and the police are on site. Rescue and cooling operations are underway,” tweeted Thackeray today.
In Pics: Residents Of the 20-storey Kamala Building Rescued
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar, who was also present at the spot, said all the people have been rescued from the high-rise where the fire broke out. “Six old age people needed oxygen support system and have been shifted to the hospital. Fire flame is under control but smoke is huge. All people have been rescued,” she said.
Sharing a video clip of the incident on Twitter, BJP leader Priti Gandhi said, “Yet another fire broke out at a #Mumbai highrise this morning. 2 persons died & 15 are injured. As usual, excuses will be made, sketchy reasons given & life will go on. Strongest political will required if the city has to survive. As a Mumbaikar, the unaccountability pains!!”
Maharashtra BJP president and MLA, Mangal Prabhat Lodha, also arrived at the site. Lodha termed it an “unfortunate incident.”