At least five senior citizens were killed and two more, including a fireman injured in a major fire that engulfed the top floors of a residential building in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital.
The fire broke out on the 11th floor of the 16-storied Sangam building and quickly spread upwards, trapping many of the residents there, in Mumbai’s Chembur area.
Of the seven casualties rushed to the Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, five were pronounced dead.
The victims have been identified as Sunita Joshi (72), Bhalchandra Joshi (71), Suman Shrinivas Joshi (83), Sarala Suresh Gangar (52) and Lakshmiben Premji Gangar (83).
A senior male citizen, Shrinivas Joshi, 86, along with fireman Chhagan Singh, 28, have been admitted and are being treated for suffocation.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
Fire accidents have become common in Mumbai, where building laws and safety norms are often flouted by builders and residents.
Earlier in January, four members of a family, including two children, were charred after a fire broke out as they slept in a residential building in Andheri East area of Mumbai.
In December last year, a late-night fire at a birthday party in a Mumbai restaurant killed 15 people. The fire, which also injured 21 people, started after 12.30 am in the “1 Above” pub on the terrace, and spread to Mojo pub on the third floor one level below.