A massive fire broke out at a timber market in the Chor Bazaar locality of Grant Road in south Mumbai early on Friday, killing one person and injuring several others. The fire was confined to the wood stock in a large area and took more than three hours to be brought under control by 20 fire engines.
Fire started at around 2 am
The fire started at around 2 am and soon engulfed the entire timber market, creating panic among the residents and shopkeepers in the area. The fire brigade declared it as a ‘level 4’ fire, which means it was a major incident that required large-scale mobilisation of resources. The cause of the fire is not yet known and an investigation is underway.
Charred body of a man found at the spot
During the rescue operation, firefighters recovered the charred body of a man from the spot. The identity of the deceased is not yet confirmed, but he is suspected to be a worker at the timber market. Several other people were injured due to the fire and smoke inhalation and were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment.
Nearby mall and high-rise vacated
Authorities vacated a nearby mall and a high-rise building as a precautionary measure, as the fire was raging and spreading rapidly. The mall and the building were not affected by the fire, but the authorities wanted to ensure the safety of the people inside. The traffic movement in the area was also affected due to the fire and the firefighting operation.
Chief Minister expresses grief and announces compensation
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expressed grief over the loss of life and property due to the fire and announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured. He also praised the fire brigade and the police for their swift and courageous action to douse the fire and rescue the people. He said that the government will take strict action against anyone found responsible for the fire.