Mumbai: Fire broke out on the 19th floor of a high-rise residential building in Mumbai’s Lalbaug area today, leaving one person dead and several others injured. The flames have been doused and is under control as efforts are on to ensure it doesn’t erupt again, an official said.
Visuals showed a man falling from the building’s 19th floor that was engulfed in flames. The massive fire sent thick plumes of black smoke in the air that could be seen for miles. The man had rushed to the floor to help any one trapped inside the building. Unfortunately, the man himself got trapped in the blazing smoke and eventually fell down to the ground.
The man, identified as Arun Tiwari, 30, was brought to the hospital at around 12:45 pm. He was declared brought dead.
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar and other senior district officials have reached the spot to oversee the rescue operation soon after the incident.
“The Fire and Rescue department reached the spot as soon as they received the news about the incident. So many people have been rescued and the efforts are still on. One man jumped off the building in panic. We can’t say that the fire fighting team failed in this. Please don’t spread rumours,” Ms Pednekar said.
Senior Mumbai civic body official Iqbal Chahal said that situation is under control and the fire “doused and one casualty has been reported so far.”
“Officials from our fire department reached here around 11.55 am. The flames had reached the 20th floor by that time. The flames has been doused now but officials are still there to ensure that the fire doesn’t erupt again,” Mr Chahal said.
Investigations are underway to ascertain the cause of the fire-outbreak.