7 dead, 18 injured in fire at Mumbai high-rise

Mumbai: At least seven people died and 18 injured when a fire broke out in a 22-storey building in suburban Powai this evening, police said.

The fire broke out at around 5.30 PM on the 14th floor of Lake Luceme building in Chandivali area and spread to the two floors above.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Pradip Sonawane said that seven people, including one woman, died, while 18 others were injured.

The fire had been brought under control by late evening, he said.

The injured were shifted to Hiranandani Hospital, where the condition of two was said to be serious, the ACP said.

It took eight fire engines to douse the fire. The police says it suspects that the fire could have started due to a short circuit in an Air Conditioner in one of the flats on the 14th floor.

Initial reports said that the victims got trapped in a stalled lift and died of suffocation.

(With inputs from agencies)

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