Six dead, 23 injured in Mumbai building blaze

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Six dead, 23 injured in Mumbai building blaze

Mumbai, January 22, 2022

At least six persons died and 23 others were injured when a major blaze engulfed the 18th floor of a building in Tardeo, South Mumbai at dawn on Saturday, the BMC Disaster Control said.

The fire was noticed in the top part of the 20-storeyed Kamla Building at around 7.30 a.m. with people in neighbouring buildings and morning walkers alerting the Fire Brigade.

The Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) rushed with 13 fire tenders as the flames quickly spread to the two upper floors sparking panic among the building residents.

The MFB managed to rescue at least 23 injured persons from the inferno that raged in the top three floors, and the firemen continued to battle the blaze in the afternoon.

The injured persons were rushed to various private and public hospitals and seven were given first aid and allowed to go.

The remaining 16 with grievous burns of various degrees, have been admitted to different hospitals.

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar and other top BMC officials rushed to the spot to supervise the rescue and relief operations, and the cause of the fire is being probed.

Apart from the two fatalities earlier, four critically injured persons succumbed to their burns later in the day, and another five are still critical, said the BMC Disaster Control.

Three of the deceased were identified as Purushottam Chopdekar, Manju Kantharia and Hitesh Mistry. The identies of the other three, including two women, are yet to be ascertained.

A majority of the casualties have been taken to the nearby Bhatia Hospital, others to BMC's Nair Hospital and Kasturba Hospital, and some others to Masina Hospital, Reliance Hospital and Wockhardt Hospital.

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