Mumbai, September 8: A fire broke out at the city’s iconic Express Building located at South Mumbai’s posh Nariman Point locality on Thursday. Five fire tenders reached the spot, even as the security personnel evacuated the building. The building houses the corporate headquarters of popular English national daily Indian Express which also owns the building. No casualties or injuries have been reported yet. However, the Mumbai police have blocked traffic between between Sakhar Bhavan and Air India Junction at Barrister Rajni Patel Marg.
The fire was reported at the 20-floor building at around 3 pm, after which the authorities proceeded to evacuate the building. The fire Department was alerted about the flare immediately. As of 3.30 pm, five fire tenders and four water tankers have been rushed to the spot. Firefighting is currently underway. According to initial reports, the fire has been confined only the top floors. The cause of the fire is not yet known, as more details about the incident are awaited. Apart from the India Express, Bank of America, Blackstone Group, Ernst & Young, McKinsey & Company, Warburg Pincus, Wells Fargo, Merrill Lynch and Columbia University also have their offices at the Express Building. ALSO READ: Mumbai: Massive fire breaks out in commercial building at Bandra Linking Road (Watch video)
The building was built by Express owner and founder Ramnath Goenka and for about two years, since it was built in 1972, was the tallest building in South Asia. This is a developing story. We will get you more details about the incident, as and when we get them.
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