A massive fire broke out on the top floor of a building in Mumbai’s Kamala Mills, killing 14 people, and injuring 19 others, out of which 2 are reportedly in a critical condition.
According to reports by the Indian Express, the fire broke out at the restaurant named 1 Above at around 12:30 AM and engulfed other establishments soon.
After the initial investigations, Mumbai police registered a case of culpable homicide against the owner of 1 Above.
According to an official of the fire department, which brought things under control by 3 AM, “The fire spread due to the carpets and wooden floors of some of these places. The fire spread rapidly in the whole building. The satellite antennae of media houses were also destroyed in the incident.”
Everybody was not lucky to escape the fire, but those who did, shared their stories of horror on Twitter.
The #KamalaMills fire started at 1 Above. I was there and barely made it out alive. Some were not so lucky. Praying for the injured and the deceased. It was the scariest thing I have ever survived!— Dr Sulbha KG Arora (@SulbhaArora) December 28, 2017
UNBELIEVABLE! Was damn lucky to notice this and raise the alarm in time #KamalaMills #Fire pic.twitter.com/Yx2Dt9qLGB— Dramatical Error (@nigel_pais) December 28, 2017
Condolences and payers started pouring from all directions after the incident, including that from PM Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.
Anguished by the fire in Mumbai. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief. I pray that those injured recover quickly: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 29, 2017
Disturbing news about the fire in Mumbai. Condolences to the bereaved families and wishing the injured an early recovery. Commend the valiant efforts of fire-fighters and those in rescue ops #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 29, 2017
Disturbing to know about the loss of lives in unfortunate #KamalaMills fire incident in Mumbai.My thoughts are with the families who lost their loved ones and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured.Directed the BMC Commissioner to conduct an in-depth enquiry.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) December 29, 2017