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Mumbai’s Kamala Mills fire tragedy: 28-year-old died while celebrating her birthday

Mumbai Kamala Mills fire: Khushbu Bhansali's grandfather Babulal Mehta said, "My granddaughter was in the lounge to celebrate her birthday. Her husband had planned the party and had invited her friends too."

Written by Sagar Rajput | Mumbai | Updated: December 29, 2017 6:10 pm
Mumbai's Kamala Mills fire: 28-year-old died while celebrating her birthday Mumbai Kamala Mills fire tragedy: Around 20-25 friends and family members were at her party, out of which two were trapped and lost their lives in the blaze, including Khushbu (Right).

At midnight, Khushbu Bhansali brought in her 28th birthday with her husband and family members at the One Above lounge and pub. Barely an hour later, she was killed in the fire that broke out in the restaurant around 12.30 am Friday. At least 14 people died, including 11 women, and 19 others were injured when a major fire broke out on the top floor of a building inside the Kamala Mill compound in Lower Parel today. After preliminary investigations into the cause of the fire, the Mumbai police registered a case of culpable homicide against the owner of an establishment named One Above. The fire broke out in the One Above eatery and engulfed neighbouring establishments.

Bhansali’s grandfather Babulal Mehta said, “My granddaughter was in the lounge to celebrate her birthday. Her husband had planned the party and had invited her friends too.” Around 20-25 friends and family members were at her party, out of which two were trapped and lost their lives in the blaze, including Khushbu. Kamala Mills Fire LIVE UPDATES

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Kinjal Shah, who was the other member at Khushbu’s party, also lost her life due to suffocation.

“Suddenly there was the sound of a blast, due to which everyone got scared and started running towards the exit. After the place caught fire, Khushbu’s husband Jayesh managed to reach downstairs safely. And he immediately Jayesh realised that his wife was missing. He rushed to One Above to check on her, but couldn’t locate her,” said her grandfather. FULL STORY: 14 dead in Mumbai blaze, maximum casualties due to suffocation

Fire fighters then found the two ailing bodies in the toilet. Also Read: Trying to save aunt, two US-based men lose their lives

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

The grandfather further alleged that Khushbu could have been saved if she had received urgent medical care. “The ambulance didn’t provide her proper medical care,” said Mehta.

Jetmal Bothra, her uncle, added, “I rushed to KEM Hospital as soon as I got a call. Her friends told me there was no fire exit, due to which many people rushed into the toilet and died of suffocation. The whole family is shocked at the news.”

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  1. Krishna Jhajharia
    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:04 pm
    BMC IS RESPONSIBLE. MOST CORRUPT DEPARTMENT IN INDIA.
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    1. kapil dev
      Dec 29, 2017 at 3:51 pm
      Get used to it bcoz we all know what this Govt needs to do to get Re-elected, safety or infrastructure is definitely not one of them.
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      1. Ashwath Kak
        Dec 29, 2017 at 2:47 pm
        The sad fact of innumerable tragedies and accidents in India is the lackadaisical, apathetic at ude that the majority of Indians have towards safety issues. Whether it be wearing helmets while riding bikes, wearing seatbelts in cars, construction workers not wearing safety harnesses , non-functioning safety equipment, following fire safety codes and the list goes on and on. Safety is given short shrift until it results in a tragedy. After all the blame games are done, it is back to SNAFU.
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        1. Aditya Trimurty
          Dec 29, 2017 at 4:17 pm
          It's sad indeed. It numbs us to the point that event these horrific reminders are forgotten within days if not hours. 100 sure with all the new year festivities coming up, none of these establishments will even consider a fire egress check.
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        2. Pais Hilary
          Dec 29, 2017 at 2:36 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. Pradeep Chaturvedi
            Dec 29, 2017 at 1:26 pm
            SAD news indeed 14 lost their precious lives for no reason. INDIAN admin is UNFIT to provide safety / security in day times why 24 7 OPEN bazaars in Mumbai. Entire India should open shutters at 08: 30 am -16: 30 hours. It is laughable that Mumbai admin has ordered opening of the city for 24 hours. DISGRACEFUL IC admin IAS IPS IRS
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