A major fire broke out in a residential cum commercial building in Mumbai’s Grant Road area early Sunday morning.
According to officials, the fire broke out around 6 am at Aditya Arcade Building opposite Dreamland Cinema on Lamington Road in Grant Road East. Mumbai Fire Brigade was alerted about the mishap at 6:06 am and first responders reached the spot at 6.15 am.
The blaze was escalated to a Level-III call at 6:27 am and subsequently to Level-IV at 8:53 am.
A total of ten fire engines, three fire tankers, four quick response vehicles, ten jumbo tankers, two water tankers, and 15 BMC water tankers were pressed into service to douse the flames.
While eight to ten people managed to evacuate the building on their own, at least nine others – two from the 2nd floor, three from the 3rd floor and four from the terrace – have been rescued by fire brigade as of 10 am.
The fire, which has been brought under control now, was confined to the ground and first floor of the five-storey structure.
“Fire confined to the ground and 1st floor of ground plus five floored building,” fire brigade chief P.S Rahangdale said.
“There is intense heat and heavy smoke in the building. Firemen conducting search operations with the aid of breathing set to trace one person, who was reported missing on 3/4th floor by residents,” he added.
The missing person was found unconscious on the fourth floor of the building around 10:45 am and rushed to nearby J.J Hospital. His present condition is not known.
Two firemen, Sudhan Gore and Nandkumar Wayal, were injured and sent to Nair Hospital for treatment. Gore suffered from suffocation and dehydration, while Wayal sustained cut injuries on his left hand.
The cause of fire is not known as publishing this report.
Rescue efforts are underway and further details are awaited.
#AdityaArcade Fire Update | Amid dense smoke & heat, firemen using high-tech thermal imaging cameras to locate flames & battery-operated cutting tools to cut grills.
Over 60 breathing apparatus sets used and 8 fire fighting jets are in operation.
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