Blaze at Mumbai high-rise apart­ments kills seven

The China Post - - BUSINESS -

A fire in a high-rise apart­ment block in Mumbai has killed seven peo­ple af­ter they be­came trapped on the up­per floors, of­fi­cials said Sun­day.

Fire of­fi­cials are prob­ing the cause of the blaze in the In­dian fi­nan­cial cap­i­tal which erupted on Satur­day night on the 14th floor of the 21-story tower block, of­fi­cials said.

“We have con­fir­ma­tion of seven deaths. At least 25 oth­ers are in­jured and are un­der­go­ing treat­ment in var­i­ous hos­pi­tals,” an of­fi­cer in the Mumbai fire depart­ment’s con­trol room told AFP.

At least three peo­ple died af­ter they tried to use the lifts to flee the fire which some of­fi­cials have blamed on an elec­tri­cal fault in an air-con­di­tion­ing unit, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia re­ports.

“We res­cued five per­sons of the same fam­ily from one of the gut­ted flats. Over 20 per­sons from the build­ing were res­cued safely,” se­nior fire of­fi­cer P.S. Ra­hang­dale told the Hin­dus­tan Times daily.

The in­ci­dent comes barely a month af­ter four se­nior of­fi­cers of a Mumbai fire brigade died in a blaze at an­other build­ing.

Mumbai has also suf­fered from a string of build­ing col­lapses in- clud­ing one in killed 74 peo­ple.

Those in­ci­dents high­lighted poor con­struc­tion meth­ods and sub­stan­dard ma­te­ri­als and vi­o­la­tions of build­ing codes as a re­sult of a huge de­mand for hous­ing in the city.

April 2013

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Fire­fight­ers work to douse flames in a 22-story build­ing that caught fire in Mumbai, In­dia on Satur­day, June 6.

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