A level-3 fire broke out in the commercial premises of Beaumonde Towers at Appasaheb Marathe Marg in Worli, Mumbai. The fire broke out on the 33rd floor in the tower’s B wing. Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone is among the many celebrities who owns a flat in the complex.
Police personnel, at least 10 fire tenders, 5 jumbo tankers, 2 hydraulic platforms and ambulances are present at Beaumonde Towers where evacuation is underway. However, fire tenders have been unable to enter the tower. The delay is likely to increase the intensity of damages. More details awaited.
No casualties have been reported so far. “Our staff & Fire Brigade is on the spot for assistance. They are trying their best to douse the fire and provide necessary help to people there,” tweeted Mumbai Police.
Since the past couple of years, fire accidents have become an everyday affair in Mumbai. According to a recent RTI response, as many as 29,140 fire accidents were reported in Mumbai between 2012 and 2018, with close to 300 deaths. Six months into 2018, 710 fire accidents have already been reported in the financial capital of India—the recent one being that at Scindia House.
A fire had broke out on June 1 at Scindia House (Commercial) at Ballard Estate in South Mumbai. A spate of fires accidents have raised questions about the fire safety and guidelines in Mumbai, one of the most populous cities in the world.
In December 2017, 14 people were killed when a fire broke out in two rooftop restaurants in Lower Parel’s Kamala Mills Compound. It was later found out that the rooftop restaurants had flouted safety norms that eventually led to the fire. A total of 14 persons were arrested in the case and booked under various sections of the IPC, including those related to culpable homicide not amounting to murder and causing death by negligence.
The accused include the owners of the Kamala Mills compound, Mojo Bistro and '1 Above', besides two BMC officials.