A devastating fire broke out in a seven-story building in Mumbai’s Goregaon suburb early Friday morning, killing seven people and injuring over 50 others. The blaze started around 3am at the Jay Bhavani building on MG Road in Goregaon West.
According to fire department officials, the fire was confined to the lower floors of the building which housed shops and parked vehicles on the ground level. Residents on upper floors got stranded as smoke engulfed staircases. Firefighters used ladders to rescue them from windows and balconies. More than 50 people were rushed to nearby hospitals.
6 people lost their lives and 40 were injured in early morning fire in residential building in #Mumbai’s #Goregaon area. According to #BMC fire has been covered up by all side and cooling operation is underway. pic.twitter.com/HCvcNTNjty
— Mayuresh Ganapatye (@mayuganapatye) October 6, 2023
Eight fire engines, five water tankers and other specialized vehicles were deployed to douse the raging inferno. Firefighters managed to bring the blaze under control after more than three hours. Cooling operations went on for a few more hours.
The fire claimed the lives of seven people, including two minors. Officials said 40 people sustained burn injuries, with five in critical condition. The injured were admitted to HBT Trauma Care Hospital and Cooper Hospital for treatment.
Cause of Fire
According to preliminary investigations, the fire started due to an electrical short circuit in a shop on the ground level which quickly spread upwards engulfing vehicles and wooden scaffolding. The building lacked fire safety mechanisms like sprinklers and smoke detectors. The inadequately designed staircase allowed smoke to fill upper floors.
Response by Authorities
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde expressed grief over the loss of lives and said the government will provide ₹5 lakh compensation to families of victims. The state government also promised free medical treatment for the injured.
Guardian Minister Mangal Prabhat Lodha visited the hospitals and said the cause of fire will be thoroughly probed. A high-level committee has been formed to investigate lapses and submit a report within 15 days.
The devastating fire highlights the urgent need for stricter safety regulations and their enforcement in Mumbai, especially in congested localities. Civic authorities need to conduct safety audits of old buildings. Fire drills should be made mandatory in all high-rises. Use of inflammable materials for construction and decoration must be avoided.
Impact on Residents
The blaze has left hundreds of residents without homes and belongings. Local MLA Vidya Thakur said affected families have been moved to a nearby school temporarily. Power and water supply will be restored soon. She promised all assistance to residents to rebuild their lives.
The Mumbai fire tragedy has shaken up local authorities into reviewing existing fire safety mechanisms. Improved building codes and their strict implementation alone can prevent such accidents in the future.
गोरेगावच्या उन्नत नगर येथील एसआरएच्या जय भवानी इमारतीला भीषण आग लागून झालेल्या दुर्घटनेत काही नागरिकांना आपला जीव गमवावा लागला आहे. यात काही लहान मुलांचाही समावेश आहे. ही घटना अत्यंत दुर्दैवी असून त्यात जीव गमवावा लागलेल्या नागरिकांप्रती मी माझी सहवेदना व्यक्त करतो.
— Eknath Shinde – एकनाथ शिंदे (@mieknathshinde) October 6, 2023
Pained to know about loss of lives in the fire incident at #Goregaon, Mumbai.
We are in touch with BMC & Mumbai Police officials & all the assistance is being provided.
My deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and wishing speedy recovery to the injured…
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) October 6, 2023