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14 perish in pub blaze

14 perish in pub blaze
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Fourteen people lost their lives and 21 others were severely injured in a major fire that broke out in a building in Mumbai-'s Kamala Mills Compound....

Mumbai: Fourteen people lost their lives and 21 others were severely injured in a major fire that broke out in a building in Mumbai's Kamala Mills Compound. The blaze, reported around 12.30 am from a rooftop restaurant in the Kamala Trade House, quickly spread to another pub and a restaurant in the vicinity.

With over 36 restaurants, many shopping destinations and corporate offices packed in the congested space, the compound is a highly vulnerable towards such tragedies. More than 12 fire tenders were rushed to fight the blaze which was brought under control around 6.30 am.

The two gutted pubs are located in the Trade House Building in Kamala Mills Compound in Lower Parel area, a popular night spot as well as commercial hub housing several offices, including national television channels.

A dozen women died in the incident as per reports, and most of them were in their 20s and early 30s. Witnesses testified that the fire started at "1 Above" - a rooftop pub-cum-restaurant. A false roof made of inflammable material caught fire, which quickly spread to Mojo Bistro, another pub beside it. At the time of the incident, there were more than 150 people on the top floor of the building. The injured were taken to Mumbai's KEM hospital.

The group celebrating a birthday party suffered the most deaths in the fire. The 28-year-old Khushbu Jayesh Bhansali celebrating her birthday is among the dead. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on condoled the death of 14 persons, who died after a fire broke out in a pub in Mumbai.

"Disturbing to know about the loss of lives in unfortunate #KamalaMills fire incident in Mumbai. My thoughts are with the families who lost their loved ones and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. Directed the BMC Commissioner to conduct an in-depth enquiry," Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis posted on Twitter.

Jaya Bachchan, Rajya Sabha MP, said the tragedy was due to negligence, while BJP MP Kirit Somaiya tweeted, "I had urged CM & BMC Commissioner to order special fire audit of all such pubs, hooka parlours & Farsan mart/workshops of Mumbai. Two weeks back similar type of fire at Farsan Workshop Sakinaka. 1 dozen people had died." He also pointed at the inadequate safety measures in the complex. Aaditya Thackeray also expressed his grief in a series of tweets.

Police have booked Hritesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Manka of C Grade Hospitality, which manages the pub, along with others, under various charges, including culpable homicide not amounting to murder. According to the official, the cause of the fire remains to be ascertained.

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