5 Dead, 2 Injured After Fire Breaks Out in Highrise in Mumbai

At least five people died and two people, including a fireman, were injured on Thursday, 27 December, after a level-3 fire broke out in Sargam society in Mumbai’s Chembur, ANI reported.

Firefighting operations were carried out with five fire engines and four water tankers reportedly at the spot. The cause of the fire, which broke out on the 14th floor of the tower, is yet to be ascertained.

According to Hindustan Times (HT), most residents vacated the building but a few of them were stuck on 13th and 14th floors.

Three of the deceased who were from the same family have been identified as Sunita Joshi (72), Bhalchandra Joshi (72) and Suman Shrinivas Joshi (83), according to NDTV. The other two deceased have been identified as Sarala Suresh Gangar (52) and Laxmiben Premji Gangar, (83).

The incident took place around 7:50 pm. The injured are undergoing treatment at Rajawadi Hospital.

Dr Vidya Thakur, medical superintendent, Rajawadi Hospital told HT that the fourth member of the Joshi family, Shrinivas Joshi (86), was in a state of shock.

“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,” Thakur told HT.

The fire was reportedly extinguished after two hours.

(This is a developing story. More details are awaited.)

(With inputs from ANI, Hindustan Times and NDTV)

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Updated: December 27, 2018 — 6:32 pm