Mumbai: Fire breaks out at Churchill Chamber; one dead

Rescue operations are underway as firemen are trying to bring those trapped in the ground plus four structure to safety.

A fire broke out Sunday on the third floor of Churchill Chamber building near Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai s Colaba killing one person. Others inside the building have been rescued, confirmed BMC ward official Nitin Arte.

"According to the preliminary information I’ve received, the fire took place on the third floor of the building and the rescue operations are underway, using a ladder. The cause of the fire is not yet known," said Arte.

Firefighters rushed to the incident site and managed to rescue 14 people, including some senior citizens, with the help of ladders, PTI quoted an official as saying. Four fire engines and as many water tankers were pressed into service to try and douse the flames.

It was declared a level-2 fire. The incident was reported at 12.17 pm. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained.

No casualties have been reported till now and the cause behind the blaze is yet to be ascertained. (Express photo: Zeeshan Shaikh)

Last month, a fire broke out on the first floor of a 21-storey building in Wadala. According to fire brigade officials, the building caught fire around 3.15 am but they got a call only at 3.33 am.

A preliminary inquiry revealed that the fire was caused by a short-circuit, said a fire brigade official.