Mumbai: Level 3 fire in multi-storey building kills five injures two, cause of fire yet unknown

Mumbai: Five senior citizens died in a level 3 fire that broke out in a 15-storey residential building located in Mumbai’s Tilak Nagar on Thursday evening. This is the fourth major fire incident that took place in Mumbai over the week.

According to fire brigade officials, the fire started around 7.50 pm on the 11th floor of Sargam Society, a residential high-rise. The fire soon spread to the tenth floor. While most residents vacated the building, some were stuck on the 13th and 14th floors.

The fire fighters found four residents on 11th floor who were thereafter rushed to the hospital where three were declared brought dead. The deceased, Sunita Joshi (72), Bhalchandra Joshi (72) and Suman Shrinivas Joshi (83), were from the same family. Fourth resident, Shrinvas Joshi (86), was also admitted to hospital. Another senior citizen, Lakshmiben Premji Gangar, (83) also died in the fire. A fireman also suffered injuries and was rushed to the hospital. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Dr Vidya Thakur, medical superintendent, Rajawadi Hospital, told the media that out of the four patients brought to the hospital, three were pronounced dead on arrival. “All three casualties seem to have caused due to smoke inhalation since there are no visible burn injuries. The 86-year-old patient who has survived the incident is in a state of shock. He hasn’t suffered any burn injuries or internal complications due to smoke inhalation,” said Thakur.

V N Panigrahi, Deputy CFO Mumbai “We received a call on 7:46pm. Eight fire engines, one water tanker & several ambulances were rushed to the spot. The fire has been doused completely, cooling down operation underway.” The fire was extinguished in two hours and the situation was brought under control.

This is the fourth incident of major fire in Mumbai reported in the past four days. The incident took place just two days before first anniversary of the Kamala Mills fire in 2017 in which 14 people had died.

Another fire broke out in a warehouse in Bhiwandi, Thane earlier on Friday. Fire tenders were rushed to the spot, no casualty reported. More details awaited.

(With inputs from Agencies)