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Fire at Mumbai mall, 3,500 evacuated from next building

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Roshneesh Kmaneck
Last updated on: October 23, 2020 23:13 IST
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Fire-fighting operation was still on after more than 20 hours after a blaze broke out at City Centre Mall in Mumbai Central area, civic officials said on Friday evening.

IMAGE: Firefighters attempt to douse a fire that broke out at City Center Mall, in Mumbai. Photograph: PTI Photo

Over 3,500 people from the adjacent residential high-rise have been evacuated, while five fire brigade personnel including a deputy fire officer have been injured in the dousing operation, they said.

All five were discharged from hospitals after treatment, said an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

 

By Friday afternoon, the blaze had been contained on all sides, the civic official said.

As many as 88 water tankers were pressed into service, he said.

IMAGE: According to fire brigade officials, the exact cause of the fire was not yet known. Photograph: PTI Photo

The fire erupted on the second floor of the basement-plus-three storied City Centre Mall on Thursday at 8.53 pm.

Around 300 people were rescued from the basement.

A BMC release had said earlier that the Mumbai Fire Brigade had given a 'brigade call' in which fire engines are called from all agencies in the city.

The fire erupted in a mobile shop on the second floor of the mall, which mainly houses shops for mobile accessories, besides a few other stores.

IMAGE: The fire erupted in a mobile shop on the second floor of the mall, which mainly houses shops for mobile accessories, besides a few other stores. Photograph: PTI Photo

The BMC said around 3,500 residents of the 55-floor Orchid Enclave tower adjoining the mall were shifted as a precautionary measure.

The fire was initially categorised as level 1 (minor) but was upgraded to level-3 at 10.45 pmand to level-4 at 2.30 am, after flames spread to other parts of the building.

Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar visited the site and reviewed the fire fighting operation.

IMAGE: Around 50 fire fighting vehicles, including 24 fire engines and 16 jumbo tankers are engaged in the fire fighting at the spot. Photograph: PTI Photo

According to fire brigade officials, the exact cause of the fire was not yet known.

Earlier on Thursday, a fire broke out in a garment factory at Kurla in Mumbai. It was doused after two hours.

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