5 Infants Among 9 Dead in Pharmacy Fire in Mumbai’s Andheri

Due to a very small internal staircase in the chawl, the victims were trapped inside the premises.

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The primary reason for fire is suspected to be a short circuit. (Photo: ANI)

Nine persons, including five children, were killed and a fireman was injured when a fire broke out at a medical store in a chawl in suburban Andheri this morning, police said. Among the five deceased children was a 3-month-old infant, they said.

The fire occurred early this morning at ‘Wafa’ medical store located on the ground floor of a chawl in Juhi Galli on Wireless Road in Andheri, Mumbai police spokesperson Ashok Dudhe said. Eight persons were initially killed in the blaze.

Later, a seriously injured woman also succumbed to her burns at a hospital, police said. The families of the victims were staying on the first and second floors of the premises. The electric wiring and other power installations in the 120 sq ft medical store caught fire. The blaze then spread to other floors of the ground plus two-floor chawl in which nearly 17-18 people were staying.
Police

Prima facie, the police and fire officials suspect that because of a very small internal staircase in the chawl, the victims became trapped inside the premises.

The deceased were sleeping on the floors above the medical store on the ground plus a two-floor chawl and could not find a passage to come out. Short-circuit was suspected to have triggered the fire, but an investigation is underway to ascertain the exact cause. The victims were rushed to the nearby Cooper Hospital.
PS Rahangdale, Chief of Fire Brigade Staff

The deceased have been identified as Saburiya Mozin Khan (52), Siddik Khan (35), Rabil Khan (28), Sabiya Khan (28), Mozhel Khan (8), Unnihay Khan (5), Aliza Khan (4), Tubba Khan (8) and Altaz Khan (3 months), the fire brigade said.

Sabiya had sustained 45 percent burns in the mishap and was shifted to Kasturba hospital where she succumbed. Afireman, Avinash Shirgaokar, also suffered injury in the mishap.

Police said the exact cause of the blaze would be ascertained after a proper inquiry.

(With agency inputs)

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