18 hours later, fire fighting is still underway at Mumbai market


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Mumbai: A day after a fire broke out in a commercial building at a cutlery market in southern Mumbai, firefighting operations were still underway even after 6 p.m., officials said on Monday .

A member of the firefighters was injured during the operation, they said.

The fire erupted around 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the more than three-story structure, located near the Juma Mosque in the Masjid Bunder neighborhood.

It was initially classified as a “level 3” (major) fire, but then upgraded to “level 4”, officials said.

Sixteen fire-fighting vehicles, as many jumbo tankers as well as three rotating ladders and an ambulance were dispatched to the site.

Firefighters are on site and efforts are still underway to extinguish the flames, a fire official said, adding that there was thick smoke in the area from the blaze.

During the operation, a 40-year-old firefighter was injured and rushed to the nearby government-run JJ hospital. He was then released, the official said.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, he said.

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