MUMBAI: At least 14 people died and three were critically injured after a massive fire broke out at a multi-storey building in India’s financial capital of Mumbai on Thursday night, local authorities said.
The fire department received a call about the blaze at a commercial building in the Kamala Mills compound in Central Mumbai around 0030 local time (1900 GMT) on Friday, an official said.
Several fire tenders, water tankers, emergency ambulance and police personnel rushed to the spot for the rescue operation, BMC disaster management unit said.
Kamala Mills, a refurbished industrial compound, houses swanky restaurants and other commercial establishments including offices of several media outlets.
A majority of the deceased were women attending a party at a rooftop restaurant, a police official said.
The fire in the building started at the top floor and engulfed the structure in less than thirty minutes, local media reported.
Rescue operations were under way and at least 24 vehicles including fire engines were at the site.
Twenty-five of the injured were taken to Mumbai’s KEM Hospital, of whom 12 died, while nine people were being treated at Bhatia Hospital, officials at the two hospitals said.
The building, in Central Mumbai, houses some commercial establishments including hotels.
According to the official, the cause of the fire remains to be ascertained.
See pic: Firemen inspect the debris after a fire at a restaurant in Mumbai