A major fire broke out on the 19th floor of luxury residential building ‘One Avighna Park’ in Mumbai’s central Parel area today, leaving one person dead and several injured.
The fire, that sent thick plumes of black smoke in the air that could be seen for miles in Mumbai, is presently under control and efforts are on to ensure it doesn’t erupt again, an official said.
Disturbing visuals showed a man hanging from the same floor, that was engulfed in flames. The person unfortunately slipped and fell in a bid to avoid the suffocating flames billowing out of the windows.
A senior KEM Hospital official said that the man, identified as Arun Tiwari, 30, was declared brought dead to the hospital at around 12.45 pm.
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar and other officials reached the spot to oversee the rescue effort.
“The Fire and Rescue department reached the spot as soon as they received the news about the incident. So many people have been rescued and the efforts are still on. One man jumped off the building in panic. We can’t say that the fire fighting team failed in this. Please don’t spread rumours,” Ms Pednekar said.
BMC Chief Iqbal Chahal said that fire has been “doused and one casualty has been reported so far.”
Officials from our fire department reached here around 11.55 am. The fire had reached the 20th floor by that time. The fire has been doused now but officials are still there to ensure that the fire doesn’t erupt again,” Mr Chahal added.
The exact cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
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