12 killed in fire in Mumbai

12 killed in fire in Mumbai

Twelve people were killed following a major fire at a dry snacks making unit-cum-sales outlet in the busy Saki Naka area of Andheri East on Monday morning.

The fire broke out at a compound near the Laxminaryan temple off the Khairani Road in Saki Naka around 4.17 am. The fire was doused in some time but the structure collapsed.

Electric wiring, furniture, huge stock of eatables and other things were gutted in the fire. The Mumbai Fire Brigade  recovered 12  people from the debris, who were rushed to the Rajawadi Hospital, where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

The bodies have been sent for post mortem. "On initial inquiry, we came to know that 10 to 15 people worked in the gala. Twelve persons were trapped in the loft," chief  fire officer Prabhat Rahangdale said.

The fire started on the ground floor following which the workers went to the loft and got trapped. The loft collapsed because of heat and fire.

The blaze, however, did not spread beyond an area of 60x30 feet in the nearby structures. The victims were aged between 30 and 35 and sustained 60 to 100% burns.

"The police is probing the fire and trying to ascertain the cause. If negligence is found, owner and manager would be booked," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone X) Navinchandra Reddy.

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