A fire broke out on the 12th floor of a residential building at Bhulabhai Desai Road’s Breach Candy Cooperative Housing Society (CHS) on Saturday night. Two people were rescued and there were no reports of injuries or casualties, according to the Mumbai Fire Brigade.

Shortly after the incident was reported at 10.24pm, eight fire engines and seven huge tankers were deployed by the MFB. The Level 2 fire, according to the MFB, was confined to two apartments in Wing A on the 12th floor of the building.

While the investigation into the cause of the fire is still ongoing, civil authorities officials claimed that the fire escalated from Level 1 to Level 2 after two LPG cylinders exploded on the 12th floor.

VN Sangle, Assistant Fire Officer at BMC’s Ward E Division, told The Indian Express that internal fire systems within the building were found to be malfunctioning during the fire. “We will issue a notice to the building. The task was very difficult but we succeeded in confining the fire to the 12th floor and there were no reports of injuries.”

According to the sources, the rescue operations were delayed due to parking of cars near the building. Speaking to The Indian Express, a senior civil official said, “When we reached the spot, we first had to move the stopped vehicles to make way… This delayed the process by 10 to 15 minutes, which is crucial in such cases.”

Experts alleged that parking inside the compound impeded access to firefighting equipment during rescue operations. “When the MFB gives provisional NOCs, we say there should be clear access for firefighting devices. However, thanks to the space crisis in Mumbai, nobody really adheres to them which leads to delays in response and rescue operations.”

The fire was put out by 4 am on Sunday.


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