A fire broke out at a seven-story residential building in Mumbai’s Goregaon West early on Friday, killing seven people and injuring 51 others.
The fire was detected at 3.05 a.m. at the Jay Bhavani building, a Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) structure in Goregaon West near Azad Maidan. Three women, a guy, and two small girls were among those killed. One body is still unidentified.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials stated the fire was doused at 6.45 a.m., more than three hours after it started.
According to the Additional Fire Divisional Officer (ADFO) of Goregaon Somnath Bhaye, the fire started in one of the vehicles parked in the building’s stilt parking area and quickly devoured the entire SRA structure through the lift.
“Several vehicles, including three four-wheelers, 40 motorcycles, and bicycles, were parked on the building’s stilts, where the fire started.” “A lot of scrap clothes had also been dumped on the ground floor, which caused the fire to spread,” Bhaye explained. “The flames went from here to the ground floor and continued up to the seventh floor through the lift area,” he said.
Meanwhile, the latest report provided by the civic body stated that the fire on the ground floor restricted itself to the shops, scrap material, rags, and vehicles in the stilt area, whereas the flames took the staircase, doors, windows, and several household structures on the upper floors of the building.
Goregaon ADFO Bhaye stated that because the fire broke out in the middle of the night, the residents of the building, who were asleep at the time, were caught off guard.
When the injured were rescued, 15 were transferred to Cooper Hospital and 36 were taken to Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray (HBT) Medical College Hospital. One person died, one is critically ill, nine others are stable, and four chose to be discharged against medical advice. Six people were confirmed dead among the 36 admitted to Jogeshwari’s HBT Hospital, four are very ill, and 26 are currently stable.
The Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) used eight fire engines, five jumbo tankers, a water tank, a turntable ladder, and a quick reaction truck to help in the relief effort. “A total of six hose lines were functioning, including three small hose lines, two large hose lines, and one high-pressure line that had eight motor pumps.” More than 30 individuals were rescued using ladders and five BA [breathing apparatus] sets, according to a civic report.
Following the fire, Municipal Commissioner and state-appointed administrator Iqbal Singh Chahal is scheduled to visit the hospitals where the patients have been admitted on Friday at 10.30 a.m.