14 killed in Mumbai fire


Mumbai, Dec. 29 (TNS): The central Mumbai area of former mill-lands, where a deadly stampede had occurred in September, witnessed another tragedy on Friday, with 14 people dying in a fire at a rooftop pub past midnight.

The victims of the blaze included a woman celebrating her 29th birthday and many of her friends, Indian officials said.

While 54 people were admitted for injuries to various hospitals, by evening 41 have been discharged, while 13 — eight men and five women — were undergoing treatment, civic officials said.

The police registered a case of culpable homicide against three people including pub owners, while the civic body suspended five of its officials.

The fire started after 12.30 am at the “1 Above” pub on the terrace of Trade House Building in Kamala Mills compound in Lower Parel, a commercial hub housing several offices including national television channels.

From “1 Above” it spread to Mojo pub on the third floor, one level below, said an official of the Mumbai civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).