Mumbai mall blaze put out in 40 hours; case against 6 | Mumbai News - Times of India

Mumbai mall blaze put out in 40 hours; case against 6 | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: The Bhandup police registered an offence under Indian Penal Code Section 304 (culpable homicide) against six persons as the blaze at Dreams Mall in Bhandup that killed nine persons was extinguished after 40 hours by fire brigade.
It came as BMC decided not to extend the licence of Sunrise Hospital, which ends on March 31, unless its submits an NOC and gets a permanent occupation certificate (OC).
Civic officials said flames spread across, made it difficult to bring it under control. The blaze was extinguished at 3.29pm on Saturday. Fire-fighters said there were many challenges, like picking up Covid patients, battling smoke and glass pieces from the mall facade falling on them.
A senior civic official who inspected the mall and Sunrise Hospital on Saturday said the fire may have broken out at a commercial gala on the first floor. “The first floor is gutted but the hospital on the third floor is not burnt. Fire brigade is investigating the cause, it could be due to a short-circuit. The third floor where the hospital is located, is intact,” the official said.
Police have booked mall owners Rakesh Wadhwan, Nikhita Amit Singh Trehan, Sarang Wadhwan, Deepak Shirke, Privilege Healthcare Services, Sunrise directors Amit, Nikhita, Sweety Jain and others.
Police said the hospital was run by Nikhita and George Path Sherri, and they are probing if the hospital management had taken proper precautions, and if there was negligence on their part, deputy commissioner of police (PRO) Chatainya S said.
Mumbai municipal commissioner Iqbal Chahal on Friday ordered a probe and sought a report in 15 days.


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