Fire was reported inside Ahmed Umar building near Dadar’s flower market at around on Friday morning following which 72 families were successfully rescued from the building. The cause of the fire is suspected to be a short-circuit in basement of the building.
According to officials from the Disaster Management Cell (DMC) of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, (BMC) the fire was reported around 2:40 am.
A printing press on the first floor of the over 90-year-old building that was storing a bulk consignment of papers fuelled the fire, which quickly engulfed rest of the floors.
Alarmed by smoke and heat radiating from the blaze, residents quickly evacuated the building and took solace at the nearby footpath.
Six teams of fire brigade along with 16 fire tenders, including four jumbo tankers, were pressed immediately into action. It took three hours for the fire brigade to douse the fire, which charred most of the structure.
“It was a big fire, but teams were able to rescue all and cool down the blaze. An electric short-circuit must have caused the fire,” a senior fire brigade officer told
Meanwhile, the area around the building has been cordoned with civic teams inspecting the extent of the damage done.more..