A fire broke out in a four-storey residential building located behind the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai on Sunday, leaving one person dead and injuring two, including a fireman, officials said.
Fourteen people, including some senior citizens, were rescued from the Churchill Chamber building where the blaze erupted shortly after noon, they said.
"The fire brigade got a call around 12.17 pm about the blaze in the ground plus four-storey building, located on the Merry Weather Road, following which fire fighters rushed to the spot and managed to rescue 14 people with the help of ladders," a fire official said, adding that it was a level-2 fire.
As smoke engulfed the entire premises, some of those rescued complained of breathing problems and were treated in a state-run hospital, he said.
The deceased has been identified as 54-year-old Shyam Aiyar, a resident of the building, police said.
Another resident, Yusuf Poonamwala, 50, was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of a private hospital while the injured fireman, Burmal Patil, 29, was discharged after treatment, a police official said.
The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, he said.
The flames were put out completely around 4 pm with the help of four fire engines and as many water tankers, the fire official said, adding that the rescue operation is over now.
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