Mumbai: 6 Persons Killed, 23 Injured In Massive Fire Near Bhatia Hospital

Manisha Swain
Mumbai, 22nd January 2022: A massive fire broke out in a 20-storey building near Bhatia Hospital in Mumbai’s Tardeo area on Saturday. According to an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the fire erupted approximately at 7 am in the Sachinam Heights building, when many of its residents were still asleep.
6 people died due to the fire and 23 people left injured were rushed to nearby hospitals.
According to the fire department, the fire began at 7.28 am and was reported as Level 3 at around 8.10 am. The department stated that Thirteen fire tenders and seven jumbo tankers were sent to extinguish the fire. The flames were so strong that it took a lot of effort by firefighters to put them under control.
The reason for the fire is not yet known. The flat was damaged and the common passageway collapsed due to the fire. The fire fighting system of the establishment was not functioning. The fire brigade indicated that the owners of the building had not submitted the fire safety audit report to the fire brigade. The investigation has begun.
Of the injured, 15 have been admitted to Bhatia Hospital, out of which 3 are in ICU and 12 are admitted in the general ward. At the same time, four injured have been sent to Nair Hospital.
As per a few residents, three nearby private hospitals refused to accept the injured persons and demanded a money deposit along with their negative COVID-19 certificates.
Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said that due to the denial of entry by these facilities, the death toll went up.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sorrow regarding the incident on Twitter by saying that a compensation of Rs 2 lakh would be provided to the family members of each deceased from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF), and the injured would be given Rs 50,000 each.
Minister Aaditya Thackeray visited the site and said that the state government will provide a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of each deceased.