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Fire at Mumbai's City Centre Mall still not under control: Officials

India Today logo India Today 24-10-2020 Saurabh Vaktania
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The fire at City Centre Mall in Mumbai which started on Thursday evening is still not under control. The fire brigade officials are finding it very hard to douse the fire.

According to the officials, it is said that it will take another 12 hours or one whole day maybe to douse off the fire.

The fire at City Centre Mall started in the evening on Thursday after a small short circuit. Officials and fire vehicles from all the fire stations are roped in to douse the fire.

At the time of the incident, there were around 300 people inside the mall, all were rescued safely by the fire officials. However, the fire was so strong and heavy smoke was coming out, residents from buildings next to centre were also evacuated. Around 3,500 residents of the 55 storey high rise building were removed from the building.

Why it is taking so long to douse the fire?

City Centre Mall has over 1,300 shops inside. 90 percent of the shops are of mobile and mobile accessories. They are very inflammable. The second important reason is that there is no ventilation. The fire officials said that the centre does not have proper ventilation and therefore the heavy smoke is unable to move out. The officials had to break open glass panes for the smoke to pass out.

The fire officials are finding it very difficult to go inside the centre. Right now water is poured in from outside only. One fire robot was sent inside to douse the fire.

However, the mall is too big. Four fire officials are injured during operations and admitted to JJ hospital. When fire officials try to enter the mall, the melted ceiling may fall on them and it can be very risky. The fire officials are expecting that it will take another 12 hours to douse the fire and another 24 hours for cooling operations.

Shop owners have incurred huge losses. One of the shop owner Nimbu Purohit said, "Our lot of valuable material was stocked recently. Now, in the fire everything is lost. We are finished because everything is in ashes now. We expect some compensation from officials."

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