Mumbai based pharmacy catches deadly fire, leaving 9 dead

New Delhi: Mumbai based Pharmacy busted into flames leaving at least 9 people dead, including five children today.

While 8 seared bodies, including one of a few months old baby were reported to be recovered by the firefighters and rescue crew, one person sustained injuries in hospital later.

“The victims, mostly members of the same family, were asleep on the first floor of the building and had been trapped when the fire broke out around 6 a.m. (local time) in the medical store on the ground floor and quickly engulfed the building in Andheri,” as said by the senior police officer.

Local TV channels reported that the blaze started with a short circuit or could also be a result of cylinder blast.

“We suspect that the electric wiring and other power installations in the medical store caught fire. However, some local people claimed they heard cooking gas cylinder explosion. A probe has been ordered to ascertain the exact cause of the fire,” a senior fire official said.

With the growing rate of fire causalities Mumbai may want to pay more attention towards the safety standards of the residential as well as commercial areas, as this is the second deadly blast in a gap of less than two months.

Last explosion was reported about a month ago in a chemical factory located near a residential area in Dombivli, a Mumbai suburb, which killed five people and 92 injured.