At least four people,including two children have died and five seriously injured in a fire that broke out at a building in Mumbai's Marol late last night.
The fire broke out on the third floor of Maimoon building in Marol area at around 1.30 am. Of the nine people rescued, four have died and five others were taken to a nearby hospital, the firefighting official said.
"Mumbai Fire Brigade got call at 2.10 am about fire at the fourth floor of Ground plus Mamoon Manzil building at Marol in Andheri East. Our fire brigade personnel along with the fire fighting system and ambulance reached at the spot at 2.34 am and swung into action to douse the fire," said an official from Disaster Management Unit of Mumbai civic body, BMC.
"Firemen covered the fire from all side at 4.20 AM. A total of nine people were injured of which four were declared brought dead by the nearby hospital," the official said. The fire was completely doused by 5 am, he said.
The incident comes barely a week after 14 people were killed in the fire at a trendy rooftop pub in Mumbai's Kamala Mills complex in Lower Parel. 11 of the dead were women, mostly in their twenties and early thirties. Most of the bodies were reportedly found piled up near a women's washroom.
The police said the deaths were because of suffocation. Many could not find emergency exits. Firemen found that there were no extinguishers and there were illegal structures that exacerbated the fire.
Police investigating the Kamala Mills fire said, the pubs in the complex didn't follow safety regulations making it impossible for people to make a safe exit. Following Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' order, unauthorised structures at more than 300 sites in the city were razed.
Five people, including staff of pubs in the complex have been arrested in connection with the fire tragedy.
Four people, including two children died and five were seriously injured after an upper floor of a residential building in suburban Marol caught fire here today, an official said.
A day after angry Dalits hit streets protested in different parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai over the violence in Pune on Monday, Dalit groups have called for a state-wide shutdown today. Thousands of Dalits disrupted rail and road traffic, and damaged more than a hundred buses in Mumbai as they protested against the death of a 28-year-old man in Pune clashes and demanded action against those involved. More than a 100 people were detained as protesters went on a rampage and riot police had to be called in. The police said they have made elaborate arrangements in view of the call. Amid bandh call, there was an attempt to block trains in Thane this morning as prohibitory orders banning large gatherings are imposed in several areas, police said.
Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar, has called for a shutdown of Maharashtra and said 250 such groups are supporting the bandh call. He blamed some local right-wing leaders for Monday's violence.
Fourteen people were killed and 19 others injured after a major fire broke out in a building in Kamala Mills Compound in Lower Parel here, an official said today.
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.
The Maharashtra government has declared a holiday for schools and colleges in Mumbai and adjoining districts on Tuesday due to "serious weather predictions" in view of Cyclone Ockhi.
An official at the Mumbai office of India Meteorological Department said on account of the cyclone, the megapolis has started receiving rainfall due to spread of clouds.
The disaster management unit of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued an advisory against visiting beaches in view of the high tide alert issued for tonight and tomorrow morning due to the cyclone.