New Delhi: At least four persons were killed and several others severely injured after a massive fire broke out in a multi-storey building in Mumbai’s Parel area on Wednesday morning. The Level-2 fire, which was later upgraded to Level-3, has now been doused.
“Total 20 victims were brought to KEM Hospital, of which four were brought dead, including one senior citizen female and three male. Two bodies have been identified. 16 patients are stable, including ten male and six female,” said Dr Avinash N Supe, KEM Hospital Dean.
The fire broke out in Crystal Tower, situated near Hindmata Cinema in Parel. The fire brigade control room got a message about the blaze on 12th floor of the 17-storeyed residential building, at 8.32 am, an official said. The fire quickly spread to the other upper floors and adjacent flats.
The blaze has been brought under control and cooling operations are under way, a fire department official said.
The fire-fighting system of the building was not in working condition and electric duct was also not sealed at each floor level
“Area around the lift of the 12th floor was the worst affected. Fire in the electrical wiring kept in duct area had caused smoke and heat on the entire floor, because of which people on upper floors were trapped,” he said.
“14 fire engines are here. Situation under control. Fire fighting ops over, cooling ops is on. Complaint to be lodged on charges of criminal offence against the responsible society official,” he added.
According to reports, the 17-storey Crystal Tower was built in 2013-14 but did not have the occupancy certificate. In fact, the BMC had sent a notice to the builder for illegal occupancy in 2016.
News agency ANI reported that the building has been declared unsafe and power and water supply have been stopped for now.
Twenty fire fighters reached spot to douse the fire. People trapped in the building were being rescued using cranes. Some rescued people were also taken to the nearby hospital.
The smoke from the raging fire spread rapidly and residents were trapped on the building’s staircases, Mumbai Fire Brigade chief P S Rahangdale said.
In December last year, 14 people died in a massive fire at two rooftop pubs in Kamala Mills Compound in central Mumbai.