At Least 15 In Rooftop Mumbai Restaurant

NEW DELHI — A fire broke out early Friday in an rooftop restaurant at Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital officials said.

The 1 a.m. fire quickly spread from the restaurant via a four-story building, said fire officer Balkrishna Kadam.

An artificial bamboo ceiling was said by the TimesNow tv news channel in the restaurant burned and dropped because people strove to escape the flame. Many people died in the smoke of suffocation, it said.

Over 50 people were attracted to a hospital, of whom 12 were being treated for injuries that were not life threatening, said Avinash Supe. The dead included 11 women, fire officials said.

“a stampede was and someone pushed me. People ran as the ceiling above me was falling in flames. Don’t even understand how I got out alive” Mumbai gynecologist Sulbha Arora tweeted.

She stated was in & ldquo and the restaurant when the fire began;until we knew it the region was engulfed in a matter of seconds. ”

The building, situated in central Mumbai’s industrial area, houses upscale restaurants which had moved in over the last few years to make it a popular nightlife destination, the New Delhi Television channel reported.

Babu Lal, who was celebrating his granddaughter’s birthday in the restaurant, complained of poor safety standards in the crowded restaurant. “I didn’t find any fire there,’& ” Lal told the TimesNow tv news channel. His granddaughter died in the fire, he said.

A case of culpable homicide filed from the manager of the restaurant and the owners. No arrests have been made.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi&rsquo “Anguished by the Flame in Mumbai.

My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of despair. I pray that those injured recover quickly. ’”

TV news stations operating in the compound had to shut down air, reportedly.

Eight fire engines battled the blaze for more than five hours, Kadam stated.