At least seven people were killed and 28 others wounded in a major fire that erupted in a multi-storey building near Bhatia Hospital in Mumbai early morning on Saturday.
Initial reports stated that the fire broke out around 7:30 am on the eighteenth floor of Kamala Building in Nana Chowk in the city’s Tardeo area.
The Mumbai Fire Brigade has designated it as a Level-3 (major) fire. Thirteen fire tenders are at the scene to douse the blaze, along with five ambulances to rush any possible casualties to hospital.
Of the wounded, seven were shifted to Nair Hospital. Doctors declared two dead on arrival, while three later succumbed to their injuries. The condition of the other two is stable.
Fifteen injured were admitted to the nearby Bhatia Hospital. A doctor told India Today that three patients were in critical condition, while the others are undergoing treatment in the general ward. One person later succumbed to their wounds.
Kasturba Hospital also took in two casualties, of whom one died later.
Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray said he is monitoring the firefighting and rescue operations that 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," he tweeted.
Source: India Today
BDST: 1334 HRS, JAN 22, 2022