Kamala Mills Fire: 5 BMC Officials Suspended


Mumbai: Five Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials were on Friday suspended after a fire in Mumbai’s Kamala Mills Compound that killed 14 people. The assistant commissioner of the ward has also been transferred.

Earlier, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had directed BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta to conduct an inquiry and “to take strong action against erring officials immediately”.
The fire that started at “1 Above”, a rooftop pub, and spread to Mojo pub on the third floor one level below in the Trade House Building in Kamala Mills compound in Lower Parel area, a popular night spot as well as commercial hub housing several offices including national television channels. The fire that spread after midnight also injured 21 people.

The massive blaze engulfed the entire building in about 30 minutes and took several hours to be put out. The cause of the fire is not known.

Teams of fire brigade and police rushed to the spot and 35 injured people were pulled out from inside the pub and taken to hospital, a police official said.