Residential building fire kills 6, injures 15 in Mumbai

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A major fire in a 19-storey residential building has killed at least six people and injured 15 others in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital

NEW DELHI — A major fire at a 19-storey residential building killed at least six people and injured 15 others on Saturday in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, officials said.

The fire was caused by a short circuit in an air conditioner in one of the apartments, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said.

Residents said the fire started on the 15th floor and a large column of black smoke quickly enveloped the building. More than 90 people escaped the building on their own or with help from neighbours, they said.

Ganesh Purnaik, a city government spokesman, said the fire left six people dead and 15 injured in hospital.

Four of the injured were in critical condition, police officer Saurabh Tripathi said.

Nearly two dozen firefighters extinguished the blaze and controlled the smoke after a two-hour effort, according to media reports. Firefighters transported the injured to two nearby hospitals.

Pednekar said some of the injured needed oxygen because they had inhaled smoke.

Fires are common in India, where building laws and safety standards are often flouted by builders and residents.

In August, a fire killed eight coronavirus patients at a hospital in Ahmedabad, a major city in Gujarat state. In December 2018, an overnight fire at a restaurant in Mumbai killed 15 people.

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