Fire at Mumbai Mall, 3500 people evacuated from 55-storey building
Around 3500 people were evacuated from a building adjacent to a Mumbai mall after a fire broke out. According to the officials, the shopping complex caught fire late on Thursday night and efforts to douse the flames went on till this morning.
Around 3500 people were evacuated from a building adjacent to a Mumbai mall after a fire broke out. According to the officials, the shopping complex caught fire late on Thursday night and efforts to douse the flames went on till this morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No one was injured. The fire had spread to the second and third floors of the mall.
As a preventive measure, residents of the 55-storey building adjacent to the mall were taken to a nearby ground for their safety.
Twenty-four fire trucks are at the site and some 250 firefighter including Mumbai's Chief Fire Officer Shashikant Kale are working to extinguish the fire. Unfortunately, two firefighters were injured while trying to control the blaze at City Centre Mall in Nagpada in central Mumbai. City Mayor Kishori Pednekar and other officials visited the site on Thursday night to check the situation.
It was originally a level 1 fire that was reported at the mall around 8.53 pm Thursday. It later escalated to level 3 and then level 5, following which more support from the fire brigade was called in at 2:41am Friday.
Earlier this month, a fire broke out at a private hospital in suburban Mumbai's Mulund, prompting authorities to shift 40 patients to nearby hospitals, officials said. The fire broke out in a generator set at Apex Hospital in Mulund (West). No one was injured in the incident but even then 40 patients had to be shifted to five nearby hospitals.
The fire brigade had tagged it as a "level 0" fire and flames were put out by around 6.15 pm, a civic official. City hospitals were forced to rely on generator sets for a few hours due to a massive citywide power failure at 10:05 am on Monday.
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