At least four people, including a woman, were killed and 16 others injured morning when a massive fire ripped through a Crystal Tower high-rise in Parel, officials said.
Dozens of people were rescued from different floors of the 17-storey building near Hindmata Cinema. The blaze has been brought under control and cooling operations are underway, officials said.
The fire brigade control room got a message at 8.32 am about the blaze on the 12th floor. The smoke from the raging fire spread rapidly, trapping the residents in the stairs, Mumbai Fire Brigade chief P S Rahangdale said.
Sixteen people suffered from suffocation due to the smoke. They were rushed to the nearby KEM Hospital, where two of them were declared brought dead, the city civic body said in a statement.
The smoke spread through the building’s staircases and lifts were not used as a precautionary measure. Snorkel ladders were used to rescue residents stranded in the building, an official in the fire brigade control room here said.
Ten fire engines, four water tankers, officials of the Mumbai Police and electrical mechanics were at the spot, he said. The cause of the fire will be known after an inquiry, he said.
In June of 2018, a major blaze had broken out at Beaumonde Towers in Mumbai’s Prabhadevi which was doused after five hours, according to officials from the fire department. More than 90 residents were evacuated and no injuries were reported.