New Delhi, June 9: A massive fire broke out in the wee hours of Saturday inside Patel Chambers building in Fort area of Mumbai, a news agency ANI reported. The agency further reported that as many as 18 fire tenders are present at the spot. Two fire officials also got injured as a part of the building collapsed, while they were dousing the fire. The Level-3 fire has now become a Level-4 fire. The cause of the fire has not been ascertained as of now. Also Read - Mumbai Containment Zones Today: Over 10,000 Buildings Identified as COVID-Hotspot; 671 Areas Sealed
According to local reports, the Level 3 fire broke out at about 5 am and quickly spread all over the building. Mumbai has been witnessing incessant rains since last night and it is believed that a short circuit may have occurred due to the rain which led to the fire. Also Read - Gujarat: Massive Fire at ONGC Plant Brought Under Control; No Casualty or Injury
Talking to ANI, Chief Fire Officer said, “ 2 firefighters have received minor injuries, rest everybody is safe. We have deployed 16 fire engines, 11 tankers and 150 fire officers. The situation is under control. Cause of the fire is a matter of investigation as the building was completely vacant.” Also Read - Major Fire Breaks Out at Company Office in Noida Sec 59, Over 100 Staffers Evacuated
Thick black smoke was seen emanating from the building from far off. Officials have said their priority is to first bring the Level-3 fire under control and check for the possibility of anyone being trapped inside the building. The rescue operation is underway.
Panic gripped the area and locals also helped the fire officials in dousing the flames. A few days ago, a major fire broke out inside an office at Scindia House (Commercial) near Income Tax office, Ballard estate. Five fire tenders were pressed into service. Five people were reported stranded but were rescued. It took fire officials several hours in dousing the flames.