New Delhi: A fire broke out at a godown in Rajlaxmi Complex in Bhiwandi of Thane, news agency ANI reported on Tuesday. Fire tenders were rushed to the spot and firefighting operation is underway. More details awaited.
No casualties or injuries have been reported yet. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Panic gripped in the area due to the unfortunate incident. A thick cloud of smoke was seen emanating from the building.
On Monday, eight people lost their lives in the blaze at a Mumbai hospital. A five-month-old baby girl was among the deceased at the fire at the government-run ESIC Kamgar hospital.
The fire, caused by a suspected short-circuit, was first noticed in the upper floors of the five-storied building with a glass facade in the MIDC area — the industrial hub in the north-western suburb — around 4.15 PM.
At least 12 fire tenders, 15 water tankers, and other specialized equipment were rushed to battle the blaze and those trapped were taken out via ladders from the third and fourth floors as the flames quickly spread.
Meanwhile, Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar had announced Rs 10 lakh each as compensation for the next of the kin of those who died in the fire, a statement said.
Mumbai has witnessed over a dozen major fires in residential and commercial premises this year, claiming over 50 lives and injuring several hundred, besides damage to properties worth crores of rupees.