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Massive fire at City Centre Mall in Mumbai, 3,500 people evacuated from adjacent building

A massive fire broke out at City Centre Mall in Nagpada area of Mumbai on Thursday. The firefighting operations are on to control the blaze which has been declared a level-5 fire. Two firemen were injured while trying to douse the flames and were admitted to JJ Hospital for treatment.

All those present in the mall have been safely evacuated. Around 3,500 people from the neighbouring 55-storey building have also been shifted to a safer place as a precautionary measure. The fire erupted on the second floor of the mall last night and soon spread to the third floor as well. A ‘brigade call’ was declared soon after with all the engines from the city rushing to the spot to control the blaze.

As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) ward officials, the fire erupted at a shop on the second floor of the mall. The windows of the mall had to be opened to gain access to  the shop which had been engulfed by thick smoke. The fire was initially declared as level-1 fire, it later escalated to level-3 and then level-5, following which all the engines were rushed to the spot. The incident also caused traffic disruptions in the city with both sides of Belasis road being shut for vehicular movement.

According to disaster management officials, two firemen were injured while trying to control the flame. Both were rushed to the hospital and have been discharged after treatment.

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24 trucks are currently present at the site in a bid to extinguish the fire. 250 firefighter including Mumbai’s Chief Fire Officer Shashikant Kale are also present at the spot. Last night, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar and other officials paid a visit to the mall to supervise the firefighting operations.

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