Fire in Mumbai high-rise; 10 rescued

A fireman sustained minor injuries in the rescue operation, Chief Fire Officer Uday Tatkare told reporters at the site. The fire raged on for over three hours before it could be brought under control.

Over 200 persons work in the building, Tatkare said, adding he was not aware how many were inside the Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) building when the fire broke out. HDIL has interests in real estate and entertainment.

The ninth floor of the building bore the brunt of the blaze and the extent of the damage caused was being ascertained. The cause of the fire is not yet known, Tatkare said. Huge plumes of thick black smoke were seen billowing from the top floors of the commercial complex after the fire broke out at around 1.30 PM.. The building is located on Anant Kanekar Marg.

As many as 16 fire engines and six water tankers were pressed into service as firemen battled flames and smoke for over three hours to bring it under control. He said some equipment including pump were not working properly causing some delay in dousing the flames.

Large crowds that had gathered at the spot close to Bandra railway station heaved a sigh of relief after authorities announced that those inside the building had either escaped to safety or had been evacuated.

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