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Mumbai Kamala Trade House Fire Tragedy: Odia Youth Among 14 Killed

29 December 2017

Pramod Kumar Das

Soro (Balasore): As per the list of deceased published by the KEM Hospital in Mumbai, an Odia youth from Balasore district-based Oupada block is among the 14 persons killed in the Kamla Trade House rooftop pub fire mishap in Lower Parel area of south Mumbai.

The fatal fire incident occurred late Thursday (December 28) night. The deceased Odia youth has been identified as Sarbajit Parida of Badapatapur village under Oupada block in the district here.

As per family sources, Sarbajit was working with Mojo Restaurant located on the roof-top of the fateful building engulfed by the killer blaze.

The tragedy has sent a shocking waves in the area as well as the district here.

Fourteen persons, including 11 women were killed, and 23 others have been injured when a major fire broke out in the pub early on Friday, an official said.

The blaze was reported around 12.30 am.

It quickly spread to another surrounding pub and a restaurant in the Kamla Mills Compound, said a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Disaster Control official.

The official said more than 12 fire tenders were rushed to fight the blaze which was finally brought under control around 6.30 a.m.

While the majority of the victims were reported to have died on the spot, the firemen were able to rescue 10 people safely.

The injured have been admitted in the KEM Hospital, Bhatia Hospital, Airoli Burns Hospital, while two with minor injuries were taken to Sion Hospital, where they were treated and discharged.

Autopsies of the victims have revealed that a majority of the casualties occurred due to asphyxiation more than the burns, said Avinash Supe, Dean, KEM Hospital.

The entire pub and the surrounding complex was full of patrons, including many women and tourists thronging the fashionable area to unwind.

Mumbai Police have booked the owner of the pub for negligence, culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Initially the blaze was suspected to be triggered by an electric short-circuit.

There are many major corporates, TV-radio-print media offices, more than three dozen high-end restaurants, pubs, etc, which also suffered damages in the blaze and their working was likely to be affected on Friday.

According to the official, the cause of the fire remains to be ascertained.

(With inputs from IANS)