At least two people were reported dead when major fire broke out in a residential building in posh south Mumbai on Tuesday. Firefighters managed to rescue 11 residents that were trapped in the blaze.
According to media report, the fire broke out at a 20th floor of the flat that belongs to the family of industrialist that owns the Bajaj Group, Chief Fire Officer, Mumbai Fire Brigade, P S Rahangdale said.
The fire broke out on the 20th floor of the high rise, Maker Tower, at 6.37 AM and has been brought under control, Rahangdale was quoted as saying by PTI , adding cooling and rescue operations are on.
“Fire fighters have rescued at least 11 residents while the two seriously injured were sent to government-run St. George Hospital where they were declared dead before admission,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 1) Manojkumar Sharma said.
Fire department official said there are two flats on each floor of the 25-floor building and the fire spread from the 20th floor to the 21st floor.
As soon as the incident was reported, fire brigade’s eight fire engines, six jettys and two ambulances were pressed into action, while nearby areas were cordoned off by the Cuff Parade Police for smooth movement of fire brigades, they said.
Noted writer-columnist Shobha De, who also resides in the building, said, “The fire personnel did a fantastic job. They handled it very efficiently and contained it quickly… It could have been much much worse.
“Two lives were lost …This is a great wake up call for everybody. Anybody who lives in a high rise in Mumbai needs to be aware of hazards,” she said. Following the incident, officials said all the residents of the building have been evacuated. The cause behind the blaze is yet to be ascertained. Meanwhile, BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta reached the spot and took stock of the situation.