Mumbai, June 9: Massive blaze was reported from Mumbai's Fort area in the wee hours of Saturday. The fire broke out inside Patel Chambers, a commercial building locating many establishments. While no fatalities have been reporters, two firefighters were injured while dousing the flames.
The Chief Fire Officer, while speaking to news agency ANI, said the blaze broke out at 4:30 am in the morning. While it was judged to be a level-3 fire initially, it escalated to level-4 after engulfing most parts of the building.
The Fire Brigade Department has pressed 16 fire tenders to douse off the flames. The injuries to two firefighters were caused after a portion of the building collapsed.
2 fire fighters had minor injuries, rest everybody is safe. We deployed 16 fire engines, 11 tankers & 150 fire officers, situation is under control. Cause of fire is matter of investigation as building was completely vacant: Chief Fire Officer on fire at #Mumbai's Patel Chambers pic.twitter.com/s4vTY8M5jU
— ANI (@ANI) June 9, 2018
The official said a thorough investigation would be conducted to determine the cause of fire. "As of now, the reason behind the blaze is not clear. This is a matter of probe," he added.
The incident comes days after a major fire broke out at the Scindia House in Mumbai, which housed several offices of the Income Tax department. Reports had earlier claimed that files related to absconding diamantaire Nirav Modi were damaged in the blaze -- a charge which the Central Board of Direct Taxes has denied.