12 dead in fire in shop in Mumbai's Khairani road

Terry Joseph
December 19, 2017

Indian fire officials inspect the burnt down shop in Mumbai, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.

Twelve persons died in a fire that broke out in Mumbai this morning. The fire was doused in some time but the structure collapsed. About 12 people have been killed in the fire and many are said to be trapped in the rubble.

While the fire broke out at around 4:17 am, BMC officials reportedly rushed to site by 4:34 am and at least three fire engines and four jumbo tankers were directed to the Mahariya compound. It is suspected that the fire started due to a short circuit.

At least 21 people were inside the shop when the blaze erupted, he said, adding that nine of them managed to escape, whereas 12 workers got trapped on the loft inside due to intense heat and smoke.

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The Sakinaka police and fire brigade continued rescue operations till the afternoon after part of the shop collapsed owing to the fire.

It's not yet clear what caused the fire though poor maintenance and a lack of safety measures are often to blame.

The Disaster Management Unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation confirms that 12 unidentified bodies have been sent to the Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar.

Saki Naka police have started working on identifying the deceased.

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