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Mumbai pub inferno: Maharashtra CM Fadnavis orders inquiry

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Expressing grief over the 14 deaths in a Mumbai pub, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday ordered an “in-depth” enquiry into the incident.

In a tweet, Fadnavis said: “Disturbing to know about the loss of lives in unfortunate Kamala Mills fire incident in Mumbai. My thoughts are with the families who lost their loved ones and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured.”

“Directed the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) Commissioner to conduct an in-depth enquiry,” he added.

At least 14 people were killed, 21 others hurt when a major fire broke out in a pub in the Kamla Mills Compound early on Friday.

The blaze was reported around 12.30 am from a bistro The Mojo, a rooftop restaurant pub in The Kamla Trade House and quickly spread to another surrounding pub and a restaurant, said an official of BMC Disaster Control.

More than 12 fire tenders were rushed to fight the blaze which was brought under control around 6.30 am.

While the majority of the victims are reported to have perished on the spot, the firemen could rescue 10 others safely from the leaping flames. The injured have been admitted to the KEM Hospital and other hospitals for treatment.

The entire pub and the surrounding complex was full of patrons including many women and tourists thronging the fashionable area to unwind.

Mumbai Police have booked the owner of the pub for negligence and other charges for the fire, suspected to be triggered by an electric short-circuit.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed condolences over the deaths of at least 14 people in a massive blaze in a rooftop Mumbai pub.