Mumbai: High-rise residential building catches fire, 2 dead, 14 injured
Two people have died and fourteen are injured after a fire broke out at Crystal Tower situated in Parel, Mumbai, earlier this morning.
The Dean of KEM hospital, where rescued people were taken, said a total of 16 people were brought to the hospital, and 2 were dead.
One is an elderly woman, and another a male, said the dean.
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Fire started on 12th floor, cranes used for rescue
Reportedly, the fire department got a call at 8:32 AM, and it is learned that fire started on the 12th floor of the building located in the posh locality.
Mumbai Fire Brigade chief P S Rahangdale said some residents were trapped on the building's staircase.
The fire was initially designated a Level-2 tag but later graduated to Level-3.
Rescue operations underway, people being taken to hospital
#UPDATE: 20 fire tenders rushed to Crystal Tower near Hindmata Cinema in Parel where fire broke out on 12th floor of the tower. No casualties reported till now. People trapped inside being rescued using cranes.Some people taken to hospital after rescue.Rescue operation on.#Mumbai pic.twitter.com/VDLuYdDIqE— ANI (@ANI) August 22, 2018
There was smoke everywhere, says 10-year-old who was rescued
Notably, the reason for the fire is unknown.
A 10-year-old, who lived on the 16th floor and was rescued, said there was smoke everywhere. "Later, the fire brigade personnel brought us down," he added.
Officials had claimed the situation was under control. Reportedly, 20 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire.
Recent fire incidents in Mumbai have killed many
Of late, a lot of such incidents have been reported in Mumbai.
On August 13, a godown in Parel caught a level-2 fire which was doused using 12 fire tenders.
In June this year, Beaumonde Towers in Prabhadevi caught massive fire, which was doused in an operation that lasted five hours. More than 90 people were rescued.
Further, in December last year, a major blaze in two rooftop pubs in Kamala Mills Compound killed 14.