At least 14 people have died and 21 others have been injured in a fire that broke out in a restaurant in central Mumbai’s Kamala Mills compound.
A birthday celebration was going on past midnight when the fire broke out at the hotel terrace on the third floor of the commercial complex in Lower Parel.
Of the 14 people killed, 11 were women, officials said. Most of the victims died of suffocation.
“The incident occurred after 12.30 am at One Above pub, located on the third floor of the Trade House Building in Kamala Mills compound on Senapati Bapat Marg, a commercial hub of the city,” a police official said.
Teams of fire brigade and police rushed to the spot and a rescue operation was launched to pull out the people trapped inside the pub, the official added.
“The fire brigade rescued at least 35 injured persons, who were trapped inside the hotel. They were shifted to a hospital,” he said.
Police have booked Hratesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Manka of C Grade Hospitality, which manages the pub, along with others, under IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis condoled the loss of lives in the fire tragedy. The CM called for strict action against the erring officials.
Anguished by the fire in Mumbai. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief. I pray that those injured recover quickly: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 29, 2017
BMC Commissioner has visited #KamlaMills in the midnight itself and has taken stock of the situation.
Asked him to take strong action against erring officials immediately.
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) December 29, 2017
(With inputs from agencies)