A ground plus one storey structure collapsed in Mankhurd on early Thursday morning, leaving three dead and 11 others injured.
The structure was located at Maharashtra Nagar, near MHADA colony in Sai Baba Rahivashi Sangh area of Mankhurd.
According to disaster management officials at Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the building collapsed around 6 am.
“An explosion inside the house led to the entire structure collapsing. The explosion seems to have occurred after some Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) started leaking from its cylinder and came into contact with some flames,” a fire brigade official told a daily.
The explosion resulted in a massive blaze, which had to be curtailed before the rescue operation could begin. Three fire engines, one rescue van and one ambulance reached the spot around 6:30 am.
After the fire was doused, fire officials along with locals cleared the debris and pulled the survivors out. At least 25 people were rescued.
Following the incident, fourteen people were rushed to Shatabdi hospital in Govandi, of which three succumbed to their injuries.
They were identified as Sanjay Wankhede (38), his wife Rekha Sanjay Wankhede (30) and mother Kasturi Bai (60).
Seven others were transferred to civic-run Sion hospital and the remaining four continued to receive treatment at Shatabdi hospital. The victims, most of whom suffered burn injuries, reportedly belong to Pawar, Wankhede and Gadwe families.
Trombay police have began investigating the case, even as rescue operations are still underway.Back to latest news