Kamala Mills Fire Broke Out Due to Flying Embers From Hookahs Illegally Served at Mojo’s Bistro, Claims BMC Report
Mumbai, Jan 19: The fire that broke out at Kamala Mills Compound in Mumbai, claiming 14 lives and leaving several injured in December last year, started from Mojo’s Bistro and spread rapidly to 1 Above as it too had some highly combustible material in their premises, claims a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) report. Furthermore, the BMC has also recommended a departmental inquiry against 10 municipal officials for dereliction of duty.
The inquiry report by the Mumbai municipal commissioner on the deadly fire has confirmed the theory that flying embers from hookah served illegally at Mojo’s Bistro was the trigger. (ALSO READ – Kamala Mills Fire: Mojo’s Bistro CCTV Cameras Were Non-Functional When Mishap Happened, Says Report)
“The cause of fire was fire starting from the flying embers from the hookah being illegally served in Mojo’s Bistro restaurant which had partially unauthorisedly covered their terrace and used all kinds of combustible material for the construction of the same,” Mehta’s report said.
The report submitted by municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta has found that the blaze started due to flying charcoal embers from hookah, served illegally in Mojo’s Bistro. It also proposed criminal action against the owner of the premises, owners of both the restaurants and concerned architects and interior decorators. (ALSO READ – Kamala Mills fire incident has shaken our conscience: HC)
Earlier, a preliminary report by the Mumbai fire brigade had suggested that flying embers from hookah at Mojo’s Bistro may have started the fire.
The police have arrested eight persons so far in connection with the fire tragedy. Four owners of the two resto pubs, comprising three co-owners of 1 Above pub and a co-owner of Mojo’s Bistro, have been sent to judicial custody till January 31 on Wednesday.
“The court remanded co-owners of 1 Above Jigar Sanghvi, Kripesh Sanghvi and Abhijit Mankar, and one of the two owners of Mojo’s Bistro, Yug Pathak in judicial custody till January 31,” said DCP Deepak Deoraj, PRO, Mumbai Police.