Firefighting continues at mall in Mumbai's Nagpada 12 hours after blaze began; 3,500 residents of adjoining building evacuated
Two members of fire brigade personnel were injured while controlling the blaze that broke out in a mobile store on the second floor of City Center Mall
Mumbai: Mumbai fire brigade personnel are engaged in controlling the blaze at a mall 12 hours after fire broke out there, even as around 3,500 people from an adjoining building were evacuated, civic sources said on Friday.
A major fire erupted at the City Center Mall in Mumbai Central area at 8.50 pm on Thursday. Two fire personnel have been injured while controlling the blaze, the sources said.
Around 300 people were rescued from the basement plus three-storey mall after the fire broke out, an official said.
A Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) release said the Mumbai Fire Brigade has given a 'brigade call' in which fire engines are called from all agencies in the city.
Around 50 fire fighting vehicles, including 24 fire engines and 16 jumbo tankers are engaged in the fire fighting at the spot, besides over 250 officers and firemen, it said.
A fireman sustained minor injuries on his right hand during the fire fighting operation and was rushed to nearby JJ Hospital, it said, adding his condition is stable.
A fire Incident was reported at City Center Mall in Nagpada last night at 8.53pm.
Mumbai Fire Brigade declared Brigade Call at 2.41am & Fire Dousing is still on.
Approx. 3500 people residing at Orchid Enclave Bldg. of 55 storey, were shifted to a safer place as precaution. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/bEFU0UOt7A
— माझी Mumbai, आपली BMC (@mybmc) October 23, 2020
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.
The BMC said around 3,500 residents of the 55-floor Orchid Enclave tower adjoining the mall were shifted as a precautionary measure.
A police officer said they evacuated around 300 people from the mall when the blaze erupted.
The fire was initially categorised as level 1 (minor) but was upgraded to level-3 at 10.45 pm and 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. 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.
A major fire broke out on Sunday in a highrise in suburban Goregaon after which fire engines were rushed to the spot.
Four fire engines, a rescue van and other fire brigade equipment were rushed to the spot. Police and civic teams also reached the spot after being alerted
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A fire brigade official said the fire is confined to an air-conditioning duct near a lift on the floor and heavy smoke is emanating from it.