Today, early in the morning a devastating fire broke out in an under construction building in central Mumbai. The flame at the building is located near Kamala Mills compounds was brought under control after four engines operated. No casualties or injuries have yet been reported.
On December 29, 2017, a devastating fire was reported at two rooftop restaurants in the same compounds, leaving several people dead.
The flame at the two rooftop restaurants- ‘1 Above’ and ‘Mojo’s Bistro’- at Kamala Mills compound had left 14 dead and several injured.
In the last two weeks, 20 people died and more than 150 have been severely injured in different fire incidents across the city.
On Thursday, five died after a major fire broke out in a high-rise building in Chembur. Earlier, on the day another fire broke out in Bhendi Bazar’s Dongri Jail Road. No injuries or deaths were reported in the incident.
On December 17, more than 10 people died after a major fire at a government hospital in Andheri. 325-beds in the hospitals did not have the fire department’s ‘no objection certificate’, which is important for such institutes to operate. Over 375 people, including patients and visitors, were in the five-floor hospital when the devastating fire broke out.
In April, a Right to Information (RTI) report reveals that the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) has no information on its statue of the mandatory fire audits for all the buildings.
RTI activist Anil Galgali had sought the fire audits information, entrusted to MFB, in the wake of the major fire in Kamala Mills compound in December 2017 and other subsequent fires have claimed many lives in the city.
For Mumbai, a Nominated Officer under the Act has been authorized in all 34 fire stations to conduct inspections of the buildings in their jurisdiction limits. Yet MFB has no clue on the progress of the fire audits, which was completed in their respective areas, MFB’s Division Fire Officer SD Sawant has pointed this out in the reply of RTI.