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Mumbai Kamala Mills Fire

13 January 2018, 05:11 | Rufus Hill

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Tragedy strikes A general view of the restaurants and other establishments destroyed in the fire in Mumbai’s Lower Parel area on Friday

Kamala Mills is home to several corporate offices and is a major night life district, with several high-end pubs and restaurants opening up in recent years.

Fourteen persons, including a young woman celebrating her birthday, were asphyxiated, and at least 55 others injured in the deadly blaze that broke out in the Kamala Mills compound, in Mumbai's Lower Parel area, early on Friday. The BMC ward officers and workers reached the spot with cranes to continue the demolition drive.

She made it clear that one can't blame the Police, also responsible for giving permissions to restaurants and pubs, for the Kamala Mills blaze, and that they generally do a great job.

'Postmortem reveals that all the 14 deaths were due to to suffocation, ' Dr Rajesh Dere said. BMC officers were on Saturday seen demolishing structures which do not have valid permits in Lower Parel. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is also carrying out a demolition drive against unauthorised constructions. Action was taken against 314 restaurants; 417 illegally stored LPG cylinders were seized. The cause of the fire is not clear yet however, the fire started after 12.30 am at the 1 above a pub. Terming the suspension of five civic official as an eyewash, Nirupam demanded a CBI or a judicial probe into the incident saying the municipal commissioner "was guilty of overlooking irregularities".

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that BMC Commissioner has been asked to investigate the fire case. It has been said that the premises should have roads, stairs to escape when there is a fire, and also ensure that this place is free from encroachment.

The building, located in the formerly industrial area of central Mumbai, houses several upscale restaurants that had moved in over the last few years to make it a popular nightlife destination, the New Delhi Television channel reported. "We are asking managers or owners of such properties to remove it on their own or else we will bring it down", BMC spokesperson Ram Dotonde said. Heart goes out to bereaved families.



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