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India: 6 Killed, 28 Injured in Massive fire at Mumbai (Video)

Sat 22 Jan 2022 | 01:56 PM
Omnia Ahmed

A major fire broke out inside a 20-storeyed residential building in India's Mumbai Saturday morning, killing at least six people.

Another 28 people were also injured in the massive blaze that started around 7 am on the 18th floor of Kamla building opposite Gandhi Hospital at Gowalia Tank in Mumbai's Tardeo area, according to the reports.

Footage from the scene showed a huge plume of smoke filling the sky, with flames coming out from the building.

In response, officials and firefighters rushed immediately to the incident scene and affirmed that everything had been under control.

The fire "is under control but smoke is huge. All people have been rescued," Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a compensation of ₹ 2 lakh each for the families of those who died due to the building fire. The injured would be given ₹ 50,000.

In addition, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said the incident will be investigated and "guardian minister of Mumbai Suburban Aaditya Thackeray and Mumbai City guardian minister Aslam Shaikh will look into it."

Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray visited the site and asserted that the government will provide ₹ 5 lakh as compensation to the families of those killed in the fire.

"There were reports about 2 hospitals refusing treatment, however both hospitals informed me that they have admitted & treated some of those injured in this fire," he tweeted.