12 dead as fire breaks out in shop in Khairani road

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At least 13 people, mostly labourers, succumbed to burn injuries and suffocation after a major fire broke out in a farsan (sweetmart) shop at Saki Naka in Andheri area of city in wee hours of Monday. Three fire engines, four water tankers were immediately rushed to the site.

The search and rescue operation is in progress. Senior Police Sub-Inspector A Dharmadhikari said that the situation is now under control. The fire broke out at around 4:30 AM in one of the shops in at Khairani Road in Mumbai. Nearby residents established that several workers at the shop were sleeping inside when the fire broke out.




Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-10) Navinchandra Reddy told PTI that prime facie the fire started from the electrical switch board and it spread in the shop following which there was an LPG gas cylinder blast. "We will know the exact cause of death following the autopsy". The cops have launched a probe to investigate into the matter. The blaze started at the unit, located in TTC area, at around 5 PM.

"Some workers managed to run out and escape before the structure collapsed, so the remaining people may still be trapped". At least six fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire.

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