Mumbai mall fire: fighting continues after 36 hours


No less than 18 fire trucks and 10 large tanks are engaged in the operation to extinguish the fire

Firefighting operations are still underway after more than 36 hours at the City Center Mall in central Mumbai, where a major fire broke out, fire officials said on Saturday morning.

No less than 18 fire trucks and 10 giant tankers are engaged in the operation to extinguish the blaze, an official said.

The fire had broken out on the second floor of the basement plus three floors of the mall on Thursday at 8:50 p.m.

“There have been no reports of injuries to anyone,” the fire chief said.

Five firefighters, including an assistant firefighter, were injured during the firefighting operation, but all are stable and have been discharged from hospital.

The fire was initially rated as Level 1 (Minor), but was upgraded to Level 3 at 10:45 p.m. and Level 4 at 2:30 a.m., after the flames spread to other parts of the building .

More than 3,500 people from the adjacent residential tower were evacuated as a precaution.

Mumbai firefighters had issued a ‘brigade call’, in which firefighters are called from all agencies in the city.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray visited the site and provided an update on the firefighting operation on Friday evening.


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