By J.krishna moorthi
MUMBAI, INDIA: A week after the Kamala Mills fire tragedy that killed 14 people, another major fire broke out in a Mumbai building on Wednesday night leaving four members of a family dead and nine injured. The level-two fire occurred at the Maimoon Manzil building in Marol. The fire was limited to a single flat on the third floor and was brought under control. The call to the fire department came at 4.55 am. “By the time the fire brigade reached, the fire had engulfed the entire side,” an official of Mumbai fire brigade said.
The deceased have been identified as Tasneem Abbasi Kapasi (42), Moiz Abbasi Kapasi (10), Dawood Ali Kapasi (18) and Sakina Abbasi Kapasi (14). A doctor from Cooper Hospital said the four deceased were declared dead on arrival. Their punchnama process is underway following which the post-mortem examination will be conducted. The fire was limited to a flat and was brought under control.
The fire is suspected to have started from the air conditioning system around 1.30 am. The ground plus four-story building has residents from the Dawoodi Bohra community. Abbasi Kapasi was awakened by his younger son, Moiz. when the fire started. “He immediately came out and knocked on our door for help,” said neighbor Hatim Chitalwala, who also lived on the third floor.
The fire spread to the fourth floor where Husain Kothari, Ibrahim Kothari, and two of their family members resided. The family was rescued by the fire brigade and were rushed to Holy Spirit Hospital with complaints of breathlessness and suffocation. “They did not get any burn injuries. They were rescued on time,” a relative said.
On December 28, a major fire broke out at the Kamala Mills compound in Lower Parel in which 14 people were killed. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has directed the BMC Commissioner to conduct an in-depth inquiry into the matter. The two managers of the 1 Above lounge, where the fire reportedly started, were subsequently arrested by the Mumbai Police in the case and charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder.