Mumbai: A major fire breakout has been reported in the GST Bhavan, near Maharana Pratap Chowk at Mazgaon on Monday afternoon. 17 fire tenders have been rushed to the spot.
Several people are reported to have been trapped inside as the fire is reported to have engulfed the ninth floor of the building.
The fire broke out at 12:35 PM and at 1:16 PM, the officials declared it as level-4 disaster after initially declaring it as level-2.
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The fire brigade and local police rushed to the site immediately and are in the process of dousing the fire. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar is also reported to have rushed to the site.
The exact cause of the fire is unknown. The authorities have pointed out that the ninth floor of the building was illegal and was in the process of being demolished.
Mumbai has in recent times faced issues related to fire safety and even some prominent buildings in the Bandra-Kurla complex have lacked safety measures and been classified as highly vulnerable.