Mumbai: Fire at Cuffe Parade's Maker Tower leaves two dead; 11 rescued

Two people died on Tuesday in a fire at the Maker Tower in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai.

FP Staff October 18, 2016 10:56:22 IST
Mumbai: Fire at Cuffe Parade's Maker Tower leaves two dead; 11 rescued

Two people died on Tuesday in a fire at the Maker Tower in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai. Eleven people were rescued after eight fire engines rushed to the spot.

According to The Times of India, six jumbo tankers and one ambulance were also sent to the the building. The report also notes that the fire broke out in a residential apartment on the 20th floor in the A wing, at around 6.30 am.

Maker Tower is an upscale residential building in the city and according to sources, the fire reportedly started in Shekhar Bajaj's apartment. Bajaj is the managing director Bajaj Electricals. Bajaj's apartment has been gutted in the fire.

Shekhar Bajaj told Firstpost, "I don't know the real reason for the fire. It could have been a short circuit. The incident happened at 6.30 in the morning and we weren't aware. I am thankful to the Mumbai fire brigade. They have done a good job. All our family members are safe. As a precautionary measure we have undergone medical check-up."

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) disaster management report accessed by Firstpost said that a call was made at around 6.37 am and it was a level 3 fire call, which means that it required a large commitment of fire-fighters and resources. The fire occurred on the 20th and 21st floor duplex residential flat in the A wing of Maker Tower connected with an internal staircase. The fire was confined to household articles, electric wiring, furniture, false ceiling in an area of 3,000 square feet. Seven people from the apartment and seven from the nearby rooms on the same floor were rescued safely. However, two male domestic helps near the internal stairs died due to burn injuries before the arrival of the fire brigade.

Author Shobhaa De, who also lives  in the building in Cuffe Parade, told NDTV that "everything is calm and under control" now.

With inputs from Sanjay Sawant

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