Seven killed in Mumbai building blaze

Sat Dec 14 2013, 10:24 hrs
The fire started on the 12th floor of the 26-storey Mont Blanc building of South Mumbai in upscale Kemps Corner area. Huge flames were seen emanating from the floor. (Instagram image: cookieboolani)
The fire started on the 12th floor of the 26-storey Mont Blanc building of South Mumbai in upscale Kemps Corner area. Huge flames were seen emanating from the floor. (Instagram image: cookieboolani)
Fourteen fire engines, aided by seven water tankers, battled for several hours to putout the inferno. The cause of the fire was not yet known. (Instagram image: cookieboolani)
Fourteen fire engines, aided by seven water tankers, battled for several hours to putout the inferno. The cause of the fire was not yet known. (Instagram image: cookieboolani)
Seven people were killed and at least seven injured when a major fire broke out in a residential building, Mont Blanc, at Kemps Corner around 7.10 pm Friday. The injured included four firemen and three residents. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)
Seven people were killed and at least seven injured when a major fire broke out in a residential building, Mont Blanc, at Kemps Corner around 7.10 pm Friday. The injured included four firemen and three residents. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)
"We have confirmed six deaths. The fire brigade managed to rescue around 25 to 30 people. The building had all fire safety mechanisms, which greatly helped in preventing the fire from spreading to upper floors," said P S Rahangdale, deputy chief fire officer. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)
"We have confirmed six deaths. The fire brigade managed to rescue around 25 to 30 people. The building had all fire safety mechanisms, which greatly helped in preventing the fire from spreading to upper floors," said P S Rahangdale, deputy chief fire officer. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)
Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte was on the spot to oversee rescue efforts. Among the missing were two of the family members of Dinesh Gandhi, producer of Tezaab, a blockbuster in late 1980s, sources said. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)
Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte was on the spot to oversee rescue efforts. Among the missing were two of the family members of Dinesh Gandhi, producer of Tezaab, a blockbuster in late 1980s, sources said. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)
The injured have been admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital, Bombay Hospital and Nair Hospital.  According to the fire brigade, 14 fire engines and seven water tankers were sent within half-an-hour to douse the fire. The fire was brought under control by 10 pm. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)
The injured have been admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital, Bombay Hospital and Nair Hospital. According to the fire brigade, 14 fire engines and seven water tankers were sent within half-an-hour to douse the fire. The fire was brought under control by 10 pm. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)
The fire broke out on the 12th floor of the 26-storey building in August Kranti Marg. Each floor in the building has two flats. One of the flats on the 12th floor was occupied by Gandhi and his family while the other was undergoing repair works. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)
The fire broke out on the 12th floor of the 26-storey building in August Kranti Marg. Each floor in the building has two flats. One of the flats on the 12th floor was occupied by Gandhi and his family while the other was undergoing repair works. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)
The building has one central lift, which 5-10 people used to get out of the building when the fire broke out. The lift was stopped soon after. "Realising that fire had broken out, a few of us got into the lift and managed to come to the ground floor. The lift went out of order soon," said Ajay, a caretaker at a French company's guest house on the 19th floor. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)
The building has one central lift, which 5-10 people used to get out of the building when the fire broke out. The lift was stopped soon after. "Realising that fire had broken out, a few of us got into the lift and managed to come to the ground floor. The lift went out of order soon," said Ajay, a caretaker at a French company's guest house on the 19th floor. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)

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