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Mumbai Kamala Mills fire LIVE UPDATES: ‘1 Above’ pub denies allegations, says all fire safety norms in place

Kamala Mills building fire LIVE UPDATES: The fire started on the sixth floor of the building in central Mumbai at around 12:30 am, and soon engulfed the entire place. The building also houses some commercial establishments including hotels and numerous media offices.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai | Updated: December 29, 2017 9:30 pm
Kamala Mills building fire LIVE updates Kamala Mills building fire LIVE updates: The fire started on the sixth floor of the building in central Mumbai at around 12:30 am, soon engulfed the entire place.

At least 14 people have been confirmed dead after a major fire broke out late night on Thursday at a building in Kamala Mills Compound in Lower Parel. An inquiry into the incident has been ordered by CM Devendra Fadnavis.

Speaking to the media, KEM hospital said that 19 people were injured in the blaze, one person was still in critical condition. The injured have been discharged after they became stable. The fire started on the sixth floor of the building in central Mumbai at around 12:30 am, soon engulfed the entire place. The building also houses some commercial establishments including hotels, media offices a police official said.

SEE PHOTOS: Fire at Kamala Mills Compound in Mumbai

Of the 19 injured, two have been taken to LTMG Sion hospital, while others who suffered minor injuries were sent to KEM hospital for immediate medical assistance. Dr Nikhil, CMO KEM hospital confirmed that a total of 12 people were admitted to the hospital following the incident.

Here are the Kamala Mills fire LIVE UPDATES: 

9:15 pm: Father of Dhairya and Vishwa Lalan, who lost their lives in Kamala Mills Fire on Friday speaking to ANI said, “They tried to escape and even came down but then realised that their aunt was still stuck. They went back to save her but neither of the three managed to survive.”

8:50 pm: No cylinder at our facility, all guests safe: Mojo’s Bistro  

8:30 pm: Watch the CCTV footage of people evacuating the Kamala Mills fire site. A massive fire on late Thursday night at a pub here claimed the lives of 14 people.

8:10 pm: Mojo’s Bistro partner, Yug Tuli responding to the allegations made by ‘1 Above’ pub on its evacuations facilities said, “We have already given our statement. We believe we should not play the blame game at this time, and give the authorities some time to investigate and come out with the facts.”

7.40 pm: Some patrons of ‘1 Above’ casually took selfies of the massive flames that leapt metres into the sky, while a few others lay immobilised in a drunken stupor, delaying evacuation from the pub that was devastated in the blaze that killed 14 people in Mumbai, eyewitnesses told PTI.

7:25 pm: Condemning the Kamala Mills fire incident, Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “I share the grief of the families of the victims. There should an immediate probe into the incident and the guilty should be punished sternly.”

7:18 pm:   ‘1 Above’ pub blames Mojo’s and nearby property for blaze 

6:54 pm: The statement added, “1Above has all its fire safety regulations, licences, procedures and norms in place. We’ve been able to help save many lives thanks to our fire safety protocols.”

6:50 pm: The management in a report in PTI was quoted as saying: “According to our staff, a fire began to emanate from the adjacent quarters to our premises.”

6:45 pm: Rubbishing the allegations, management of ‘1 Above’ pub stated that fire erupted in adjoining property. It also claimed that it had all the necessary approvals and safety norms in place.

6:30 pm: The family members of ‘1 Above’ pub leaves from police station after questioning. The case has been lodged at the N M Joshi Marg Police Station.

Kamala Mills building fire LIVE updates: Kamala Mills building fire LIVE updates: Family of owner of ‘1 Above’ pub leaves from Police station after questioning

6:20 pm: After visiting the Kamala Mills fire site, Maharashtra CM orders safety audit of all such structures in the city. The officials have also been directed to demolish illegal structures.

6:10 pm: Devendra Fadnavis has directed the BMC to submit its report within 15 days.

6:00 pm: Hema Malini comments on Kamala Mills fire. Watch video

5:50 pm: As per the latest report, Mumbai police have dispatched several teams to adjoining states to look out for the absconding accused.

5:45 pm: CM Fadnavis speaking to media at Kamala Mills fire site. Watch video

5:40 pm: Major fire incidents in Mumbai in 2017  

5:20 pm: Veteran Bollywood actress and BJP MP Hema Malini while commenting on the Kamala Mills fire breakout pointed out the adverse effect of the rising population that resides in Mumbai. She was quoted by news agency ANI saying, “Population is so much, the city is spreading like anything. Some restrictions should be done on the population. Each city should have certain population or limit, after that they should not be allowed. Then let them go to another city.”

4:50 pm: As per an ANI report, Siddharth Shroff has suffered 20 per cent burns.

Kamala Mills building fire LIVE updates: Siddharth Shroff a survivor of the Kamala Mills fire incident (Source: ANI)

4:45 pm: Siddharth Shroff, a survivor of the Kamala Mills fire incident said that around 150 people were present in the pub when the fire broke out at 12.30 am. He adds that people in panic started rushing towards the exit point but it was narrow, making it difficult to escape. 

4:35 pm: Fadanvis speaking with the media at Kamala Mills fire site said that he has already ordered the BMC Commissioner to conduct an inquiry. Holding the owners of the pub responsible for the gruesome incident, CM says that action is been taken against them, adding that action would also be taken against the BMC if negligence is found on their part.

4: 30 pm: State CM Devendra Fadnavis taking note of the Kamala Mills area, a massive fire broke out here late last night, claiming the lives of 14 people.

Kamala Mills building fire LIVE updates: Devendra Fadnavis present at Kamala Mills fire incident site (Express Photo)

4: 25 pm: Pub flouted fire safety norms, obstacles found in emergency exit: Police investigating Kamala Mills fire

4:15 pm: The police officials were quoted by PTI as saying: “No fire safety norms were followed by the pub and the management did not make any arrangement for the safe exit of its customers during the blaze. The manager and other staff of the pub ran away from the spot without helping those injured in the blaze.”

4:10 pm: Police investigating the incident said that ‘1 Above’ pub didn’t follow any fire safety norms, adding that the management failed in making any arrangement for the safe exit of its customers during the blaze.

4:00 pm: Aaditya Thackeray, who is currently the President of Yuva Sena (a youth wing of Shiv Sena) said that the compound is risky in terms of fire safety. Speaking to media, the youth leader said, “I’d come here a couple of days ago with friends. We’d noticed that the places are risky in terms of fire safety as there is no place for fire fighting vehicles either. We will audit and take safety precautions.”

3:40 pm: Condoling the deaths of the 14 persons Mojo Bistro said, “Our prayers and deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in this gruesome incident.  We are extremely saddened by d incident.”

3:35 pm: It added that no cylinders were present in the lounge premises and have extended their support to the authorities in every possible manner.

3:30 pm: A statement released by Mojo Bistro claimed that the lounge’s fire safety norms, certificates and procedures are in place, adding that the staffs are thoroughly trained in fire drills. They also mentioned that all the guests were evacuated by the staffs safely.

3:15 pm: As per a report in news agency ANI, five BMC officials have been suspended. An inquiry into the incident has already been ordered by CM Devendra Fadnavis.

2:45 pm: Mumbai Kamala Mills fire: Narrow escape for news channel employees

2:40 pm: Jadhav added, “The main entrance of our office was blocked due to the fire. I raised an alarm and about 10 to 12 people came out through the fire exit. Had we been late by five-10 minutes, we would have been trapped inside. It was a narrow escape for us.”

2:35 pm: Sanjay Jadhav, a programme producer with TV9 Marathi, recalling the horror, said, “I was in the night shift. We heard people screaming at the cafe. We thought it’s due to the party which was on at the cafe and the music.”

02:30 pm: About 15 employees of the TV9 Marathi channel working the night shift had a providential escape in the Kamala Mills fire. the network is off air.  

02:23 pm: The fire in Kamala Mills has hit the operations of a few media houses whose offices are located in the same compound. In a press statement, Times Network said that while the operations of Times Now, Mirror Now and ET now have been restored, Zoom, an entertainment channel will be back on air shortly.

02:10 pm: Congress leader Nitesh Rane has reached Kamla Mills to inspect the spot of the incident. BMC begins inspection of restaurants in Kamala Mills and Raghuvanshi Mills. The Corporation is shutting restaurants if there are illegalities.

Nitesh Rane at the site of fire incident at Kamala Mills. (Express Photo)

02:01 pm: Each time I see a fire taking place&people dying, it angers me a lot & I feel I have miserably failed in my endeavour to stop such fire incidents. I would blame judiciary & govt for this: Neelam Krishnamoorthy, President, Association of victims of Uphaar tragedy.

01:40 pm: Along with politicians, film stars and Mumbaikars are sending messages to the families of those who have lost someone in the midnight inferno at Kamla Mills.

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01:28 pm: While two owners of One Above pub have been apprehended by the police, one is still on the run.

01:25 pm: 2017 has been a rough year for the financial capital of India with incidents like a doctor falling in a manhole and dying, the Elphinstone Railway Station stampede that claimed the lives of many and now as the year comes to a close the Kamala Mills fire incident will make it difficult for many to easily forget the tragic incidents this year.

01:17 pm: Anupam Kher, Director, FTII extended his condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the accident on Thursday-Friday midnight fire at Kamala Mills.

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01:00 pm: According to PTI, two of those booked in the case have been detained by the police. Police have booked Hratesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Manka of C Grade Hospitality.

12:57 pm: As 14 people die in the Kamala Mills fire incident, BJP MP Kirit Somaiya said, “It’s death trap, want Fire Security Audit and action against BMC corrupt officials and the owner.”

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12:52 pm: BMC which is facing allegations of negligence in the Kamala Mills fire incident is ruled by the Shiv Sena. Both BJP and Shiv Sena are allies at the centre but attack each other at times. The Kamala mills fire incident will make political headlines in the state.

12:47 pm: Amid arguments over the fire incident in Kamala Mills in Mumbai, Shiv Sena has demanded a judicial inquiry in the case.

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12:48 pm: Kamala Mills compound is one of the prominent commercial hubs in the city, with numerous banking offices, cafeterias, eateries and media organisations offices in the vicinity.

12:43 pm: Rajya Sabha MP, Jaya Bachchan too talked about the negligence on part of authorities in the Kamala Mills fire incident.

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12:26 pm: The Kamala Mills fire incident rocks Parliament with arguments between BJP and Shiv Sena members in the Lok Sabha.

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12:24 pm: A 28-year-old girl who died in the Kamala Mills fire was celebrating her birthday at midnight when flames blazed the restaurant. Reade Here

12:22 pm: Police have booked Hratesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Manka of C Grade Hospitality, which manages the pub, along with others, under IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) in the Kamala Mills fire incident.

12:13 pm: Lack of evacuation plans and immense negligence on part of the restaurant owners led to the high death toll in Kamala Mills fire.

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12:10 pm: People have expressed their solidarity with the victims of the Kamala Mills fire incident and extended condolences.

Read | President Kovind, PM Modi offer condolences

12:07 pm: Dhairya and Vishwa Lalani arrived in Mumbai two weeks ago. Having attended a series of weddings in the family over the last few days, on Thursday night, their aunt planned a party for the two at One Above, not knowing the horrific fate which was awaiting. Read Here 

12:03 pm: Vishvanath Mahadeshwar, BMC Mayor says that inquiry has been ordered in the Kamala Mills fire and action will be taken against those who are found guilty.

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11:51 am: BJP MP from Mumbai, Kirit Somaiya blamed the BMC for the death of 14 people in the Kamala Hills fire.

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11:48 am: Home Ministry hopeful that the BMC and Maharashtra government will inquire into the causes of the Kamala Mills fire accident and take strict action.

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11:46 am: Condolence messages are pouring in from all across the country for the victims of the Kamala Mills fire.

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11:28 am: Home Ministrty takes stock of the situation in Mumbai after 14 people are dead in the Kamala Mills fire. MoS Home has spoken to Maharashtra CM over the incident.

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11:10 am: Khushbu Bhansali brought was celebrating her 28th birthday with her husband and family members at the 1 Above lounge and pub. Bhansali, she was killed in the fire the broke out in the restaurant around 12.30 am Friday.

28-year-old Khushbu Bhansali (Green dress).

10:59 am: Entire blame is on BMC officers. They are the ones who take bribes and give permissions, says Preeti Sharma Menon of AAP.

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10:49 am: I made several complaints regarding illegal structures in KamalaMills premises, but the BMC replied that there is nothing wrong here, says activist Mangesh Kalaskar.

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10:33 am: AAP blames the BMC for the massive fire incident in Mumbai which engulfed the lives of 14 people in the compounds of Kamala Mills.

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10:29 am:  I had urged the CM & BMC Commissioner to Order Special Fire Audit of all such Pubs, Hooka Parlours & Farsan Mart/Workshops of Mumbai. Two weeks back in a similar type of fire at Farsan Workshop Sakinaka a dozen people had died: Kirit Somaiya

10:26 am: CM Devendra Fadnavis has now directed BMC Commissioner to take strict action against erring officials in the Kamala Mills fire incident.

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10:23 am: In the wake of the Kamala Mills fire, the lack of coordination between, BMC ward-level officials and Mumbai Fire brigade has once again been exposed. This has let many non-fire safety compliant commercial units to operate with ease in the city.

10:16 am: 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.

10:09 am: Injured patients have been discharged from KEM Hospital after they were stabilised, says Dean of KEM Hospital.

10:06 am: Postmortem of 14 bodies conducted at KEM hospital. Most of the injured suffered three per cent to thirty per cent superficial burn injuries, says Avinash Supe, Dean, KEM Hospital.

10:03 am: C grade hospitality is one of many companies running many eateries inside the compound.

10:00 am: FIR has been registered against Ritesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Manka of C Grade hospitality and entertainment LLP for not keeping any fire safety equipment, blocking the safety exits and not helping those trapped in the fire. FIR has been registered under sections 304, 337,338 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.

9:42 am: Rescue operation is being conducted jointly by Mumbai Police and firefighters at Kamala Mills.

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9:25 am: 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, tweets PM Modi.

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9:21 am: This is the second major fire in Mumbai in one month. Earlier fire was in a Farsan unit which was running illegally with the blessings of corrupt BMC officials. No case has been made against officials yet: Sanjay Nirupam, Maha Congress chief

9:13 am: Maharashtra Congress President Sanjay Nirupam expressed his condolences to the families of victims of the Kamala Mills accident.

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9:07 am: 15 people have been confirmed dead in the Kamala Mills fire accident by authorities.

Dead body being taken for postmortem at the KEM Hospital. (Express Photo)

9:02 am: According to latest updates, 19 people have been injured in the Kamala Mills inferno. The autopsy has confirmed suffocation as the cause of death of 14 people in the accident.

08:38 am: Postmortem suggests the 14 deaths were caused due to suffocation in the Kamala Mills fire accident.

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08:35 am: Severe damage has been caused to the building, pictures show the extent of damage caused by the fire that broke out midnight.

The rooftop is completely destroyed in the fire accident. (Express Photo)

08:23 am: President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the Kamala Mills fire accident.

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08:13 am: The fire started on the sixth floor of the building in central Mumbai at around midnight, and soon engulfed the entire place.

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08:05 am: While the injured at Kamla Mills have been declared out of danger y hospital, 14 lives have been lost.

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07:47 am: Early relief for people affected by the fire accident at Kamla Mills, the injured have been declared out of danger by hospital authorities.

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07:34 am: Police has registered an FIR under the charges of culpable homicide against the restaurant ‘1 Above’ where the fire broke out.

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07:31 am: Offices of national media organisations Times Now, Mirror Now, ET Now, TV9 marathi and Zoom TV have been affected in the fire accident.

07:28 am: Survivors of the Kamla Mills fire accident share their horrific experience on social media saying the ceiling of the restaurant collapsed due to fire.

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07:16 am: The fire broke out shortly after midnight on the third floor of the four-storeyed building on Senapati Bapat Marg, a commercial hub of the city.

07:15 am: I pray for the families who’ve been injured and those who lost their lives in the tragic fire at Kamala Mills. Really unfortunate and sad. On the administrative side, investigation will happen, and the BMC will come down hard on the violations of fire safety norms: Aaditya Thackeray

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07:05 am: High flames engulfed the restaurant resulting in the massive death toll. The rescue work is in progress.

07:04 am: A case under Section 304 of the IPC has been registered by the police over the fire accident at the NM Joshi Marg police station.

 

04:33 am: List of victims of pub fire in Kamla Mill compound. So far 14 people have been confirmed dead and 16 others are injured with two in critical condition.

04: 05 am | BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta has reached the spot (Kamala Mills compound) after visiting KEM hospital. Meanwhile, Sion hospital says that the condition of the two injured persons brought there is now stable.

03: 53 am | Dr Sammer, CMO Sion hospital on fire in building at Kamala Mill Compound:

Total two casualties reported, 1) Sakshi Sharma, 23 years 2) Rohit Goyal, 24 years.

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03: 45 am | Details of the casualties received from Dr Sandip, AMO at KEM hospital. Of the 16 injured, two have been taken to LTMG Sion hospital, while others who suffered minor injuries were sent to KEM hospital for immediate medical assistance.

DEAD:

1) Jeet- 49 yrs 2) Preeti – 36 yrs 3) Tejal 4) Unknown – 40 yrs 5) Pramila 6) Vishva- 23 yrs 7) Veena- 28 yrs 8) Kavita- 36 yrs 9) Paroli- 30 yrs 10) Dhairya- 26 yrs 11) Manisha- 30 yrs 12) Yasha- 27 13) Unknown 14) Unknown

CRITICAL: 1) Shefali, 2) Khushboo

Condition Stable: 1) Rohan- 22 yrs 2) Abhishekh- 22 yrs 3) Deep – 31 yrs 4) Utsav- 27 yrs 5) Ankita – 30 yrs 6) Siddharth- 24 yrs 7) Divya – 24 yrs 8) Neha- 28 yrs 9) Neh – 20 yrs 10) Shankra 11) Jeet- 21 yrs 12) Yash – 22 yrs

Rescue operation in progress

02: 30 am | Three persons who suffered serious burn injuries have been taken to the Breach Candy hospital. “It’s a Level-II fire and we have mobilised our resources,” said the official.

02: 15 am | Official release from KEM hospital

02: 00 am | Several media houses — TV9 on ground floor, Mirror Now, ET now, Times Now, Zoom, Times global broadcasting company’s office on first floor — also located in Trade house building in Kamala mill compound.

01: 15 am | At least four fire engines and six fire tenders were rushed to the spot and trying to douse the fire. The building also houses some commercial establishments including hotels. The fire fighting and rescue operation is going on,” he added.

The officials said the cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Inputs by Express News Service

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  1. Jeevan Gopalakrishnan
    Dec 29, 2017 at 7:06 pm
    Why blame the population, when rules are flouted and corruption is rampant, I guess then the bollywood community needs to move out. People go to restaurants to eat if the place is unsafe why is population the blamed.
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    1. Itisnot Right
      Dec 29, 2017 at 3:07 pm
      If all the safety,fire,environmental,defense and zoning rules are to be followed,80 of mumbai will be empty.Selling and renting land is how mumbai's elites got rich.The city alongwith raigad-palghar-thane has highest population density in smallest piece of land.My guess is population of this combined metro is more between 3-5 crore.I think,some part of business has to be taken away from mumbai now as there is simply no space here.
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      1. Pais Hilary
        Dec 29, 2017 at 2:37 pm
        It is corruption that licenses unsafe places for public use in India. People do not care as long as it does not affect them. They go to drink and eat and make merry in such unsafe places. Some of them are also owners of similar unsafe places in other parts of the city or cities.
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        1. pawan dube
          Dec 29, 2017 at 2:24 pm
          Sad state of affairs for ordinary citizens, who continues to pay a heavy price by the corrupt nexus of the officials. Money at any cost and chalta hai at ude and net result is seen by such loss of innocent lives and yet the cronies corrupt offical-babus continues to roast with the free loaders/looter in power..
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          1. Agnello Sequeira
            Dec 29, 2017 at 12:29 pm
            Pray for the souls RIP. We learn nothing from such tragedies, Just Lip sympathy for 1-2 days and then back to square one. Civic officials have become brazen . You can see hotels like the Kinara tragedy still in Mumbai by just going on the road. Civic officials /Police thrive for overlooking the descripency and give sanction and permits without any problem with MONEY being the sole consideration. with the BMC guys being collecting agents for the politicians Nothing will change. Slumber till the next tragedy.
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