Man arrested after devastating fire leaves 12 dead in Mumbai's Khairani road

  • Man arrested after devastating fire leaves 12 dead in Mumbai's Khairani road

Man arrested after devastating fire leaves 12 dead in Mumbai's Khairani road

Just a day after a major blaze in Navi Mumbai's Turbhe MIDC area, a fire broke out at a shop on Khairani road in Mumbai early on Monday morning.

At least six fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire, an official said without elaborating. The Chief Fire Officer said people were trapped inside as there was no safe evacuation plan from the premises.

The Mumbai Police said traffic had been diverted.

While the fire broke out at around 4:17 am, BMC officials reportedly rushed to site by 4:34 am and at least three fire engines and four jumbo tankers were directed to the Mahariya compound.

"Some workers managed to run out and escape before the structure collapsed, so the remaining people may still be trapped".

A disaster management official told the Press Trust of India news agency that 12 workers succumbed to the intense heat and smoke. A Dharmadhikari said and informed that the situation was now under control. According to eyewitnesses, there was a huge stock of eatables, furniture, sheets and raw material to make farsan.

The exact cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, he added.

The ground floor covers an area of about 1,800 feet.

"Ramesh Bhanushali, the shop owner, has been arrested for running the establishment without any valid papers".

He had been running his business for the past two-and-a-half years.