A major fire broke out next to the Income Tax Office located at Scindia House in Mumbai’s Fort area on Friday evening.
According to preliminary information, the fire broke out at 4:55 pm today on the 3rd floor of the ground plus six-storey Scindia House, located at Ballard Estate, Fort. The building was evacuated shortly after as a precautionary measure.
The strong winds, owing to the building’s proximity to the sea, caused the fire to escalate and spread to nearby offices.
The Mumbai Fire Brigade was immediately notified about the blaze, following which two fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The fire was later escalated to Level II, and subsequently to Level III.
Mumbai: The Level-2 fire that broke out inside an office at Scindia House (Commercial) now becomes Level 3 fire. The five persons who were stranded have also been rescued. pic.twitter.com/l81o4KiyH0
— ANI (@ANI) June 1, 2018
Currently, five fire tenders and four water tankers have been pressed into service to control the blaze. Five people who were trapped in the building have also been successfully rescued by fire officials.
While no loss of life is reported, a massive loss of property is estimated. It is not known if the fire spread to the income tax office and destroyed any important documents.
Firefighting is underway as of publishing this report.
The cause of the fire is not yet known and further details are awaited.