Two suffocate to death in lift in Mumbai high-rise fire
August 22, 2018  11:36
Two people are confirmed dead after a fire broke out in a residential building in the Dadar area of Mumbai this morning.

One of the of  the two casualites is is a woman, a senior citizen. The two residents were found inside the elevator. They had suffocated to death.

The dean of the civic-run KEM Hospital in Parel, said, "A total of 16 were brought to the hospital, of which two were brought dead. One is a woman, a senior citizen lady and the other is a male. The condition of others is believed to be stable.

The fire brigade control room got a message about the blaze on 12th floor of the 'Crystal Tower' building, located near Hindmata Cinema, at 8.32 am, he said. Reports say a blast was heard believed to be from an AC compressor.

The smoke from the raging fire spread rapidly and residents were trapped on the building's staircases, Mumbai Fire Brigade chief P S Rahangdale said. The flames have been doused but many are feared trapped on the top floors.

Eight fire engines, four water tankers, officials of the Mumbai Police and electrical mechanics were on the spot and they were making efforts to control the blaze, sources said.

Image: Several people are believed to be injured. They have been admitted to the KEM Hospital nearby. Pic: Sahil Salvi
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