One killed as fire breaks out in Mumbai building; 14 rescued

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MUMBAI: A fire broke out in a four-story residential building located behind the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel here on Sunday, leaving one person dead and another seriously injured, officials said.

Fourteen people have so far been rescued from the Churchill Chamber building where the blaze erupted shortly afternoon, they said. The deceased has been identified as 54-year-old Shyam Aiyar.

The fire brigade got a call around 12.17 pm about the blaze in the ground plus four-story building, located on Merry Weather Road, a fire official said. “Following the level-2 fire, smoke engulfed the entire premises,” he said.

Firefighters rushed to the spot and managed to rescue 14 people, including some senior citizens, with the help of ladders, the official said. Some of those rescued complained of breathing problems due to inhalation of smoke and were admitted to a state-run hospital, he said. A search was underway for those trapped in the building, he said.

The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, he said, adding that four fire engines and as many water tankers were at the spot and efforts were still on to douse the flames.

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