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High rise building catches fire in Mumbai: Seven killed, 24 hurt

Mumbai: At least seven people were killed and 24 others injured in a major fire that broke out in a 22-storey high-rise building in Chandivali area in suburban Mumbai on Saturday. 

According to officials of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) disaster control room, the fire broke out around 6.14pm in the Lake Home Society — a residential building. 

“Four to five people were found dead inside the lift. 

"This means whatever happened must have happened before the ambulance reached the spot. 

"The lift was charred by the time fire officials managed to gain access into the building,” PS Rahangdale, chief public relations officer fire service said. 

“When a fire breaks out people should not use lift but we suspect that the victims used the lift, which led to their death,” Rahangdale added. 

The official said the three persons, who were stuck in the lift of the building are believed to have died due to asyphyxation. 

The fire service department PRO said 17 people, who were trapped in the building, were rescued by the fire officials. 

“The fire broke out on the 14the and 15the floor of the building. However, we are still to ascertain the cause of the fire," an official of the disaster cell of BMC said. 

"He said one Ashok Mukherjee, who sustained burn injuries, was admitted to the National Burns Hospital in Navi Mumbai. 

The other injured have been rushed to the nearby Hiranandani Hospital. 

Sources said the fire broke out in a split AC of the building on 14th floor and the smoke later spread to the top floors.

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