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  1. Mumbai Kamala Mills Building fire LIVE UPDATES: Police to issue lookout notice against accused; owners booked, but absconding

Mumbai Kamala Mills Building fire LIVE UPDATES: Police to issue lookout notice against accused; owners booked, but absconding

Mumbai Kamala Mills Building fire LIVE UPDATES: In a horrific incident, at least 15 people were killed and as many injured after a major fire engulfed a building in Kamala Mills Compound in Lower Parel, an official said.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 29, 2017 9:46 PM
Mumbai Kamala Mills Building fire LIVE: The fire broke out shortly after midnight on the third floor of the four-storeyed building on Senapati Bapat Marg, a commercial hub of the city, a civic official said. (AP)

Mumbai Kamala Mills Building fire LIVE UPDATES: In a horrific incident, at least 14 people were killed and more than 50 people were injured after a major fire engulfed a building in Kamala Mills Compound in Lower Parel, an official said. The fire broke out shortly after midnight on the third floor of the four-storeyed building on Senapati Bapat Marg, a commercial hub of the city, a civic official said. The injured were taken to the KEM, and Sion hospitals, the official from the BMC disaster management unit said. Several fire tenders, water tankers, emergency ambulance and police personnel rushed to the spot for the rescue operation, he said. The building, in Central Mumbai, houses some commercial establishments including hotels. According to the official, the cause of the fire remains to be ascertained.

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9: 45 pm: BJP MP Kirit Somaiya said he had asked Fadnavis and the BMC commissioner to order a special fire audit of all such pubs and ‘hooka parlours’ in Mumbai. “Several such establishments at the Mills compound are illegal, part of which was regularised lately. The place where the blaze took place was illegal,” he claimed.

9: 42 pm:According to civic officials, the BMC had issued licence for the 1 Above pub in the name of Kripesh Sanghvi and Abhijeet Mankar, while that for Mojo pub was issued in the name of Yug Pathak.

9: 30 pm: The civic body, on its part, suspended five officials including those attached to the G-South ward for dereliction of duty. There are allegations that civic authorities turned a blind eye to construction irregularities and violation of fire safety norms in the compound.

9: 22 pm: They are also charged under IPC sections 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others).

9: 12 pm: Police have booked Hratesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Mankar of C Grade Hospitality which manages the pub, along with others, under various charges including culpable homicide not amounting to murder. DCP Virendra Mishra told PTI that so far nobody has been arrested, and “look-out notice” will be issued for the accused.

9: 05 pm: Teams of fire brigade and police rushed to the spot and initially 35 injured people were pulled out from inside the pub and taken to hospital, a police official said.

9: 01 pm: The massive blaze engulfed the entire building in about 30 minutes and took several hours to be put out. The cause of the fire is not known yet.

8: 54 pm: Employees of news channels located in the complex had a narrow escape. “I was in the night shift. We heard people screaming at the pub. Initially, we thought it is due to the party which was underway there,” said Sanjay Jadhav, a programme producer of a news channel. “When I came out of my office, I saw that a fire has broken out at the roof-top pub. The main entrance of our office was blocked due to the flames,” he said.

8: 45 pm: Among the dead was Khushbu Bansali who was celebrating her 29th birthday and 10 other women, according to the official list of victims.

8: 38 pm: The central Mumbai area of former mill-lands, where a deadly stampede had occurred in September, today witnessed another tragedy in the last week of 2017 with 14 people dying in a fire at a rooftop pub past midnight. The victims of the blaze included a woman celebrating her 29th birthday and many of her friends, officials said. While 54 people were admitted for injuries to various hospitals, by evening 41 have been discharged, while 13 –eight men and five women — were undergoing treatment, civic officials said.

Watch Video – People evacuating and rushing out from the building during fire.

8: 32 pm: Maharashtra Chief Minister Fadnavis had said earlier that he has asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner to hold an enquiry and submit a report within 15 days.

8: 15 pm: The blaze started at the pub during a party and spread rapidly through the building, killing 14 people, including a woman celebrating her 29th birthday and many of her friends, officials said today. 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, said an official of the Mumbai civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Among the dead was Khushbu Bansali who was celebrating her 29th birthday, and 10 other women, according to an official list of the victims.

8: 03 pm: Congress President Rahul Gandhi through a tweet in Marathi today demanded that those found guilty in connection with the fire at a rooftop pub in central Mumbai, which claimed 14 lives, should be punished sternly. In his first tweet in Marathi, Gandhi described the incident as “unfortunate”.”I share the grief of the families of the victims. There should an immediate probe into the incident and the guilty should be punished sternly,” he tweeted.

7: 40 pm: ‘It’s sad when Mumbai needs the political support Shiv Sena has refused’: Arti Sathe, BJP

7: 33 pm: There has been a gross violation of FSI norms. This needs to be investigated: Arti Sathe, BJP.

7: 17 pm: ‘All the politicians are playing a role here just to get sympathy from common people’: Nimish Shah, victim’s kin.

7: 10 pm: Mumbai Police planning to extend the search to other cities.

7: 06 pm: Mumbai police on Kamala Mills Fire tragedy: Teams planning to go to various cities in search of all the accused…prima facie report suggests that fire broke out at 1 Above, but no clean chit given to Mojo Bistro yet.

7: 04 pm: In the most recent update, the Mumbai Police revealed that owners of pub MoJo are also under the scanner for the fire at Kamala Mills in Mumbai, reported Times Now.

6: 56 pm: The Kamala Mills pub 1 Above, where 14 people were killed in a fire shortly after midnight, today said the blaze started from the adjoining property and claimed it had all the necessary approvals and safety norms in place. It also blamed Mojo’s Bistro on the floor below for not having an emergency exit, leading to overcrowding of 1 Above’s escape avenues. The pub, co-owned by brothers Hitesh and Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Manka, was gutted in the fire that broke out around 12.30 am today, killing 14 guests who had gathered to ring in Khushbu Bansali’s 29th birthday. The pub is run by C Grade Hospitality.

6: 41 pm: The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India president Dilip Datwani told PTI that the association will issue an immediate advisory for all its members and other stakeholders to do self-audits and take precautionary measures, including checking electrical equipments, to avoid such tragedy in future. He also said it is always not fair to blame the civic authority BMC, as many establishments indulge in many additions after getting the no objection certificate. “We are very strict and before adding any new members we ensure they have all licences are in place. Our committee members also conduct inspection of the outlets,” he said.

6: 23 pm: On a long-term basis, the association will be exploring the possibility of launching a programme to address occupational safety and health conditions, including adequate fire safety and training mechanisms, he said. “We also hope to learn from the conclusions reached by the different government committees instituted to investigate this particular fire incident,” Rahul Singh, National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI)president said.

6: 19 pm: Meanwhile, Family of accused in fire are being questioned by the Mumbai police.

6: 15 pm: The association will continue to engage with the states on how best to improve the fire safety measures so as to prevent such type of recurrences in future, he added. “As an immediate step, we are convening a meeting to explore possible avenues for improving and strengthening fire safety measures in our sector,” Rahul Singh, National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI)president said.

6: 07 pm: The association will continue to engage with the states on how best to improve the fire safety measures so as to prevent such type of recurrences in future, National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) president Rahul Singh said. “As an immediate step, we are convening a meeting to explore possible avenues for improving and strengthening fire safety measures in our sector,” Singh said.

6: 00 pm: Following the devastating fire that burned out 14 lives in earlier in the day, hotels and
restaurants associations today admitted that there a need for better infrastructure, particularly for fire safety. “The Mumbai fire incident reiterates the need for improving infrastructure conditions, in particular fire safety,” National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) president Rahul Singh said in a statement.

5: 45 pm: Watch Video-

5: 36 pm: Meanwhile BJP MP Hema Malini said, “Population is so much, the city is spreading like anything. Some restrictions should be done on the population. Each city should have certain population/limit, after that they should not be allowed. Then let them go to another city.”

5: 25 pm: Earlier, the chief minister tweeted: “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 Commissioner to conduct an in-depth enquiry.” In another tweet, Fadnavis said he has directed BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta to take strong action against erring officials immediately. Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao expressed shock at the loss of innocent lives.

5: 20 pm: Earlier in the day, PM Modi condoled the tragic incident. He took to Twitter and said-

5: 10 pm: Mumbai police are on the lookout for the absconding restaurant owners. Their phones were switched off after the fire broke out.

5: 03 pm: Watch Video- Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the tragic site. Here is what he said:

4: 58 pm: India’s financial capital was rocked by three tragedies this year – a deluge, a stampede and a major blaze — all on the 29th. The series of ’29’ began on August 29 when torrential rain brought Mumbai to its knees, disrupting rail, road and air services, uprooting trees and leaving hundreds of Mumbaikars stranded. At least 10 people were killed in Mumbai and its neighbouring areas. Exactly a month later, on September 29, 23 people lost their lives in a stampede on a bridge linking the Elphinstone Road and Parel stations. And today, in the dying days of the year, tragedy struck again on the 29th with a fire breaking out in a pub in a building in the Kamala Mills compound hosting a birthday party.

4: 46 pm: Survivor Mala Kashyap on Kamala Mills Fire tragedy — I was shocked. We didn’t know which way was the emergency exit. There was hardly any place for us to move.

4: 35 pm: No escape from Mojo Bistro, so we helped people escape, says pub ‘1 Above’ in a statement putting the onus on Mojo Bistro.

4: 29 pm: There was only one exit and everyone was rushing there. It was a stampede-like situation: Siddharth Shroff, fire tragedy survivor to CNN-News18.

4: 22 pm: In its daily crime report, the police also said the pub’s manager and other staff fled from the spot instead of helping the customers injured in the blaze. “No fire safety norms were followed by the pub and the management did not make any arrangement for the safe exit of its customers during the blaze,” police said.

4: 15 pm: BMC authorised to demolish buildings if rules are flouted: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

4: 08 pm:  The point is, if there is any negligence on the part of BMC there will be an action taken: Aditya Thackeray

4: 06 pm: We are trying to make the city safer and better for everyone. The matter should be investigated so as to find out what actually happened: Aditya Thackeray

3: 52 pm:  I have asked the Municipal Commissioner to conduct a thorough enquiry and submit a report within 15 days. Guilty won’t be spared: CM Fadnavis

3:45 pm: CM Devendra Fadnavis visits Kamala Mills Fire tragedy site, takes stock of the situation. A probe has been ordered into the incident.

3: 33 pm: Nearly 60% of 193 buildings inspected between September 23 and October 04, 2016 had flouted fire safety norms., reported Times Now.

3: 26 pm: Few BMC officers suspended ahead of the Kamala Mills Fire tragedy, reported News18.

3: 15 pm: The fire 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, said an official of the Mumbai civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Most of the victims, who included 11 women, died of asphyxiation, said Avinash Supe, dean of the KEM hospital where the injured and dead were brought.
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3: 09pm: Authorities should think about the way fire audit is conducted in hotels’, says Pratap Jadhav, Leader, Shiv Sena.

3: 06 pm: Mumbai’s chief fire officer (in-charge) KV Heervale on Kamala Mills Fire: Now audits will be conducted in Mumbai and if such blatant violations are found then licenses of such places will be cancelled, reported News18.

2: 59 pm: A fire that started at a rooftop pub hosting a birthday party spread rapidly through the building, killing 14 people, most of them women, shortly after midnight in a posh Mumbai locality, officials said today.

2: 45 pm: FIR registered against C Grade Hospitality & Entertainment LLP directors Ritesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Manka of 1 Above lounge bar & restaurant for not keeping any fire safety equipment, blocking safety exits and not helping those trapped in fire.

2:03 pm: Each time I see a fire taking place&people dying, it angers me a lot & I feel I have miserably failed in my endeavor to stop such fire incidents. I would blame judiciary & govt for this: Neelam Krishnamoorthy,President, Association of victims of Uphaar tragedy on Kamala Mills fire, as per ANI.

1:45 pm: I cannot be aware of all that is happening in Mumbai, says Mumbai Mayor Vishvanath Mahadeshwar as per News18.

1:21 pm: BJP MP Babul Supriyo has said that BMC and the restaurants’ owners are equally responsible for the incident.

1:07 pm:

12:58 pm: If BMC collects taxes from every house, it’s their responsibility to ensure the safety of every house and every shop. They can’t escape accountability, says Satyapal Singh on Mumbai Mayor’s comments as per News18.

12:48 pm: Arvind Sawant of Shiv Sena has demanded judicial enquiry into the Kamala Mills fire in Lok Sabha. While BMC documents have revealed that no rules were flouted and there were no irregularities.

12:45 pm: Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan has said that Kamala Mills is like a maze with narrow lanes. So, obviously there must have been negligence that caused the fire.

12:39 pm: Shiv Sena Arvind Sawant continues his tirade in the Lok Sabha and demands that every other adjacent building must be audited.

12:35 pm: ‘Innocent people have lost their lives, I pay my respects to them. Seems there were lapses in safety violations. Strict action must be taken against those who are responsible for violations’, says Anant Geete, Union Cabinet Minister, Shiv Sena on Kamala Mills fire incident, as per Times Now.

12:24: Lok Sabha disrupted after an argument between BJP MP Kirit Somaiya and Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant over Kamala Mills fire incident.

12:16 pm: Almost all died of asphyxiation, none of them has died to flames but due to fumes. A proper evacuation plan could have avoided this, says Dr. Harish Pathak,Forensic dept head,KEM Hospital.

12:06 pm: Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweets. Rahul says it is a very unfortunate incident that has happened in the Kamala Mills compound in Mumbai. Many people have lost their lives due to a fierce fire.I am saddened by the misery of victims’ families. The culprits should be investigated and the guilty should be punished severely.

12:03 pm: Moments before the blaze engulfed the birthday girl.

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12:00 pm: Inquiry has been ordered, a report will be sought to see who is responsible and action will be taken, says BMC Mayor Vishvanath Mahadeshwar, as per ANI.

11:57 am: BMC had no clue that a hookah parlour was in operation inside the restaurant.

11:53 am: BJP MP Kirit Somaiya lashed out at BMC officials and said that they are directing responsible for the fire at Kamala Mills. Pointing out that such incident occurred twice in a week, Somaiya questioned the incompetency of BMC officials.

11:52 am: It is a very unfortunate incident, state govt and BMC will surely inquire into the incident and strict action will be taken against guilty, says Hansraj Ahir,MoS Home

11:27 am: As per News18, a local Mumbai MLA has admitted to the corruption and reportedly said that nothing much can be done about the corruption.

11:21 am: MoS Home Hansraj Ahir spoke to Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis & inquired about the Kamala Mills fire incident, as per ANI.

10:55 am: I made several complaints regarding illegal structures in #KamalaMills’ premises, but the BMC replied that there is nothing wrong here, said Mangesh Kalaskar, Activist.

10:40 am: Disturbing news of the fire at #KamalaMills. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for the injured, tweets Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha.

10:24 am: Maha CM Fadnavis via tweet said that BMC Commissioner visited the site at midnight and observed the situation. CM has asked the Commissioner to take strict action against officials at fault.

10:13 am: BJP MP Kirit Somaiya has said that he will ask officials of BMC to conduct an audit of the incident.

10:07 am: Watch|

10:00 am: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted on the Mumbai fire tragedy and offered his condolences to the victims. The CM has also directed the Brihan Municipal Corporation Commissioner to conduct an in-depth enquiry into the cause of the fire.

9:45 am: Watch|

9:30 am: Take a look at PM Modi’s tweet

9:22 am: 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, says PM Narendra Modi.

8:50 am: Fourteen people were killed and 19 others injured after a major fire broke out in a building in Kamala Mills Compound in Lower Parel here, an official said today.

8:44 am: The fire broke out shortly after midnight on the third floor of the four-storeyed building on Senapati Bapat Marg, a commercial hub of the city, a civic official told PTI.

8:39 am: “The cooling operations are underway. Some of the injured people are in critical condition,” the official said.

8:35 am: The injured are undergoing treatment at the civic-run KEM and Sion hospitals, the official from the BMC disaster management unit said.

8:30 am: Several fire tenders, water tankers, emergency ambulance and police personnel rushed to the spot for rescue operation, he said.

8:25 am: The building, in Central Mumbai, houses some commercial establishments including hotels. According to the official, the cause of the fire remains to be ascertained.

8:20 am: 14 dead and 14 injured, out of which 2 are critical in Kamala Mills fire, said BMC.

8:18 am: “Disturbing news about the fire in Mumbai. Condolences to the bereaved families and wishing the injured an early recovery. Commend the valiant efforts of fire-fighters and those in rescue operations, President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted.

7:58 am: “There was a stampede and someone pushed me. People were running over me even as the ceiling above me was collapsing in flames. Still don’t know how I got out alive. Some powers were definitely protecting me,” a survivor narrated her harrowing experience.

7:53 am: Inferno at Mumbai building

7:48 am: An FIR has been registered against the restaurant where the fire initiated in Mumbai’s Lower Parel locality.The case has been filed under the charges of culpable homicide under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

7:44 am: Avinash Supe further informed that 12 people who sustained minor injuries were being treated at the hospital.

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7:40 am: Six fire tenders,four water tankers, an emergency ambulance have reached the spot to douse the flame. The fire has not been snuffed out completely but is reportedly under control.

7:37 am: As per the reports, the building is located near various media houses, like Mirror Now, ET Now and Times Now.

7:32 am: FIR under charges of culpable homicide registered against the restaurant ‘1 Above’ where the fire broke out.

07:27 am: Details of the casualties received from Dr Sandip, AMO at KEM hospital. Of the 16 injured, two have been taken to LTMG Sion hospital, while others who suffered minor injuries were sent to KEM hospital for immediate medical assistance.

07:24 am: DEAD: 1) Jeet- 49 yrs 2) Preeti – 36 yrs 3) Tejal 4) Unknown – 40 yrs 5) Pramila 6) Vishva- 23 yrs 7) Veena- 28 yrs 8) Kavita- 36 yrs 9) Paroli- 30 yrs 10) Dhairya- 26 yrs 11) Manisha- 30 yrs 12) Yasha- 27 13) Unknown 14) Unknown. CRITICAL: 1) Shefali, 2) Khushboo. Condition Stable: 1) Rohan- 22 yrs 2) Abhishekh- 22 yrs 3) Deep – 31 yrs 4) Utsav- 27 yrs 5) Ankita – 30 yrs 6) Siddharth- 24 yrs 7) Divya – 24 yrs 8) Neha- 28 yrs 9) Neh – 20 yrs 10) Shankra 11) Jeet- 21 yrs 12) Yash – 22 yrs, according to Indian Express report.

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