Major Fire in South Mumbai Building; One Dead, Six Suffer from Suffocation, Injuries
Mumbai: A 22-year-old man died and six others suffered from suffocation and other injuries after a massive fire broke out in a five-storey commercial building in south Mumbai's Grant Road area on Sunday morning, officials said.
Around eight to ten people were also rescued from the building, they said. The fire brigade got a call about the blaze in 'Aditya Arcade' building around 6 am.
The blaze engulfed the building's electric duct passing through its staircase, stalls and offices situated in the basement, ground and first floors, they said.
“We have successfully completed the rescue operations. The fire-fighting operations ended around 6pm. No one is trapped in the building. Cooling operations are on,” chief fire officer PS Rahangdale said.
The cause of the fire is yet to be established and detailed investigation will be carried out to find out if fire safety norms were violated, Rahangdale said.
A person, identified as Uttam Kumar, was found unconscious in the common passage near the staircase and was rushed to the nearby civic-run Nair Hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival, a fire brigade official said.
Kumar seemed to have got trapped in the common passage while trying to escape as the fire engulfed the electric duct from the basement to upper floors by then, he said.
"Besides, five persons, including a fireman, suffered from suffocation, while one fireman received injuries on his hand during the rescue operation," he said. Of these six, three persons - Dilip Choudhary (40), Ashok Choudhary (23) and Bharat Choudhary (23) - were rushed to the state-run JJ Hospital after they complained of suffocation.
"Their condition is reported to be stable," he said. "Fireman Sudhan Gore also suffered from suffocation and dehydration, while fireman Nandkumar Wayal received cut injuries on his left hand. They were sent to Nair Hospital for further treatment," added Rahangdale.
"The fire was first reported at 6.06 am. It was a level-4 fire. The flames have been brought under control and rescue operation is underway," he said.
Since the smoke and heat made the rescue operations difficult, the fire brigade used battery-operated tools bought recently from Israel to cut windows and grills to get inside, the official said.
Thermal imaging cameras were also being used to locate the flames, he said.
The firefighting operations involved 150 personnel, 16 engines, 70 breathing apparatus sets, 10 jumbo tankers, besides several types of ladders which helped in rescuing eight to ten people from the building, another official said.
(With inputs from PTI)