Mumbai: Five persons were killed on Thursday in a major fire that broke out at a high-rise in Tilak Nagar area of Mumbai’s Chembur. The parents of a policeman are also among the deceased. Two others, including a fireman, are reportedly injured in the incident. As soon as the matter was reported, eight fire tenders, one water tanker and ambulances were rushed to the spot.

The 16-storey building, where the blaze erupted, is located in suburban Tilak Nagar. The fire was doused late at night and cooling down operations by the Mumbai Fire Brigade are underway. Furthermore, efforts are on to ascertain if there are more casualties.

“We received a call on 7:46 pm. 8 fire engine, 1 water tanker and several ambulances were rushed to the spot. The fire has been doused completely, cooling down operation underway,” Deputy CFO Mumbai, VN Panigrahi, said while briefing the reporters about the incident.

During the rescue operation, the fire brigade team rescued six people from the 14th floor of the building, where the fire erupted, and admitted them to the nearby Rajawadi Hospital. According to a senior doctor at the civic-run hospital, five of them succumbed to burn injuries. The two injured, including a fireman, are undergoing treatment at a private hospital.

The deceased have been identified as Sunita Joshi, 72, Bhalchandra Joshi, 72, Suman Shrinivas Joshi, 83, Sarla Suresh Gangar, 52, and Lakshmiben Premji Gangar, 83. Sunita Joshi and Bhalchandra Joshi are the parents of Sanjay Joshi, in-charge of the Vikhroli police station. The injured were identified as Shrinivas Joshi, 86, and Chagan Singh, 28, the fireman.

Reports claim that a Christmas tree at the 10th floor allegedly caught fire which soon spread to other floors. However, the exact cause behind the incident is yet to be ascertained.

In another incident on Thursday, sixteen people were injured in a level-two fire in a godown on Dongri Jail Road in Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazaar, news agency ANI reported. The wounded were rushed to SSKM Medical College.