INDIA. Mumbai: Six people died and 16 others were injured after a massive fire broke out on the 18th floor of the 20-storeyed Kamala building located at Tardeo, South Mumbai on Saturday morning.
The fire which was described as level three was contained by the fire brigade after fighting for several hours. In all, 13 fire engines and seven water jetties were pressed into service.
It was reported that currently, 13 persons are undergoing treatment in Bhatia Hospital, two in Nair Hospital, and one in Kasturba Hospital. The condition of the three persons was stated to be still serious.
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Soon after the mishap, 14 injured were rushed to the nearby Bhatia Hospital, out of which 12 are admitted to the general ward and their condition is stable, while one person died. Seven injured were rushed to the BMC’s Nair Hospital, and four of them were declared dead. Two were sent to Kasturba Hospital, of which one couldn’t survive, a civic official said.
A fire official said that the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. He added that the fire broke out in house number 1904, and the smoke spread to the entire building. “A fire system was in place but it was not working. So we had to carry the hose from downstairs. Electrical ducts and electrical cables had completely melted,” the official said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh each for the families of those who died due to the building fire. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000, the Prime Minister’s Office said.
There were complaints that Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre located at Girgum and Wockhardt Hospitals located at Bombay Central initially denied admission to fire victims when they were rushed there in the morning. Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar who visited the site and also called on patients in the hospital said that the matter will be inquired.
The leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, “My deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in a major fire at Tardeo, Mumbai. Praying for the speedy recovery of the injured residents. Shocked & anguished to know nearby hospitals refused admissions to injured, which resulted in more deaths.” Fadnavis further implied that the BMC & State administration should fix the responsibility for these deaths & take action against those responsible.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set up a committee to inquire into the mishap. The inquiry will be conducted by a Deputy Commissioner level officer, a BMC official said.
A similar fire (Level 3) had broken out at one of the scrap godowns in Mankhurd area, North East Mumbai, two months ago, affecting at least 15 godowns.