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.
In a tweet, Kovind said: “Disturbing news about the fire in Mumbai. Condolences to the bereaved families and wishing the injured an early recovery.”
The president lauded the fire department and the police for their rescue efforts.
“Commend the valiant efforts of fire-fighters and those in rescue ops (operations),” he said.
In his message, Modi said: “Anguished by the fire in Mumbai. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief. I pray that those injured recover quickly.”
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.