12 killed in Mumbai shop fire

12 killed in Mumbai shop fire

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

The fire broke out at the Bhanu Farsan located in the Makhariya Compound near the Laxminaryan temple off the Khairani Road in Saki Naka around 0417 hrs. 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 extracted 12 persons from the debris who were rushed to the Rajawadi Hospital, where they were pronounced dead on admission. 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 people 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 becuase 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 are 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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