Killed in Mumbai fire

Audrey Hill
December 19, 2017

NEW DELHI (AP) - An overnight fire in Mumbai killed 12 sleeping workers early Monday at a small shop that made and sold fried snacks, Indian media said.

At least 25 fire tenders have been rushed to the spot to douse the fire. The fire broke out at around 4:30 AM in one of the shops in at Khairani Road in Mumbai. "The said structure had partly collapsed", said the fire department. Nearby residents established that several workers at the shop were sleeping inside when the fire broke out.

As per the official, it is suspected that a short circuit, followed by a LPG cylinder blast, triggered the fire. "They got trapped in the structure due to the intense heat and smoke and the loft subsequently collapsed", said Chief Fire Officer P.S. Rahangdale was quoted saying. All the 12 workers were pulled out of the debris and taken to the civic-run Rajawadi Hospital in suburban Ghatkopar where they were declared dead before admission, the official said.

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It's not yet clear what caused the fire though poor maintenance and a lack of safety measures are often to blame.

Saki Naka police have started working on identifying the deceased.

The owner of the shop told officials that 10 to 15 people work in the shop, according to Hindustan Times.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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