Fifteen people, including 12 women were killed in a massive fire that broke out in Mumbai's commercial hub Kamala Mills Compound. The fire started at the '1 Above' pub late on Wednesday evening and spread rapidly to nearby restaurants and offices as well.
It took firefighters three hours to douse the fire.
The Brihananmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) disaster management control room said that the injured had been taken to KEM Hospital at Parel.
A woman celebrating her birthday and her friends were among the 15 who died. The 28-year-old woman's body was identified by her boyfriend, reported NDTV.
The fire reportedly started from a false roof made of inflammable material at 1 Above. The fire also spread to the Mojo Bistro, a pub in the same building.
NDTV quoted S Jay Kumar, a senior Mumbai police officer saying, "We have started our investigation. It is only after an investigation that we will be able to say anything."
Aditya Thackeray, leader of the Shiv Sena, said he has spoken to the city's civic body commissioner. "Implementing fire audits of such places are a must, and action will be taken if violations are found."
I spoke to Hon’ble Municipal Commissioner Mehta sir, MLA Sunil Shinde ji and Leader of the House Yashwant Jadhav ji, who were at the place assisting relief ops. Implementing fire audits of such places are a must, and action will be taken if violations are found.— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) December 28, 2017
Dr Sulbha KG Arora, who was partying at 1 Above, tweeted, "There was a stampede and someone pushed me. People were running over me even as the ceiling above me was collapsing in flames. Still don't know how I got out alive. Some powers were definitely protecting me."
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted their condolences for the dead. CM Fadnavis has ordered BMC commissioner to take action against erring officials.
Disturbing to know about the loss of lives in unfortunate #KamalaMills fire incident in Mumbai.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) December 29, 2017
My thoughts are with the families who lost their loved ones and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured.
Directed the BMC Commissioner to conduct an in-depth enquiry.
Disturbing news about the fire in Mumbai. Condolences to the bereaved families and wishing the injured an early recovery. Commend the valiant efforts of fire-fighters and those in rescue ops #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 29, 2017