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Fire Breaks Out at City Centre Mall in Mumbai, 300 People Rescued

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Mumbai: Two fire personnel were injured and around 300 people were rescued from a three-storey mall in Mumbai, after a major fire broke out there on Thursday evening.

A major fire erupted at the City Center Mall in Mumbai Central area at 8.50 pm on Thursday, an official said.

Around 3,500 people were evacuated from the adjoining building to the mall as a precautionary measure, the official said.

Mumbai fire brigade personnel are engaged in controlling the blaze even 12 hours after the fire broke out there, civic sources said on Friday.

A Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) release said the Mumbai fire brigade has given a ‘brigade call’ in which fire engines are called from all agencies in the city.

Around 50 fire fighting vehicles, including 24 fire engines and 16 jumbo tankers are engaged in the fire fighting at the spot, besides over 250 officers and firemen, it said.

A fireman sustained minor injuries on his right hand during the fire fighting operation and was rushed to nearby J.J. Hospital, it said, adding his condition is stable.

The fire erupted in a mobile shop on the second floor of the mall, which mainly houses shops for mobile accessories, besides a few other stores.

The BMC said around 3,500 residents of the 55-floor Orchid Enclave tower adjoining the mall were shifted as a precautionary measure.

A police officer said they evacuated around 300 people from the mall when the blaze erupted.

The fire was initially categorized as level 1 (minor) but was upgraded to level-3 at 10.45 pm and to level-4 at 2.30 am, after flames spread to other parts of the building.

Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar visited the site and reviewed the fire fighting operation.

According to fire brigade officials, the exact cause of the fire was not yet known.

Earlier on Thursday, a fire broke out in a garment factory at Kurla in Mumbai. It was doused after two hours.

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