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Mumbai Kamala Mills Fire: BMC suspends five officials, CM Fadnavis orders inquiry

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.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Mumbai [ Updated: December 30, 2017 6:12 IST ]
Rescue team carry out operation after a fire broke out in
Rescue team carry out operation after a fire broke out in Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) today suspended five of its officials in connection with the fire in a Central Mumbai pub that claimed 14 lives.

A top official said that the civic body in the recent past had sent a few notices to the joints at the Kamala Mills compound for violation of norms. The suspended officials include an assistant divisional fire officer, while the remaining four are from the ward office including engineers and health officials, civic sources said, adding the ward officer of G South has been transferred.

"We have suspended five officials in connection with the fire tragedy," Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said.

Highlights: 

Guilty won't be spared, says CM Devendra Fadnavis

* Kamala Mills fire is a very unfortunate incident. The state government and BMC (BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation) will surely inquire into the incident and strict action will be taken against the guilty: Hansraj Ahir, MoS for Home

* 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

* Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis visits incident site to take stock of situation 

* An inquiry has been ordered and strict action will be taken against errant officials: Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar

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. 

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. 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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