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Mumbai: Cylinder blast leads to major fire near BSE


Mumbai: A major fire broke out in the five-storey J K Somani, commercial building near Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Wednesday night. The fire was doused initially, but was eventually doused in the early hours on Thursday.

“The blaze started from an office on the third floor in JK Somani building in Fort around 9.30 pm,” an official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC’s) Disaster Control Room said.

The commercial building in South Mumbai, which was of a wooden structure and housed offices of lawyers and stock brokers, was completely gutted in the fire. However there were no casualties reported.

Kiran Dighavkar, the Assistant Municipal Commissioner said, “The fire first started on the second floor and then spread to the other floors. At around 01.30 am in the midnight, the fire station received a call. Some fire tenders were brought in from other areas.”

The fire was caused by a cylinder blast, said PS Rahangdale, the Chief Fire Officer. “Nearly three LPG cylinders burst which resulted in a massive fire on the second and third floors. We were worried that the fire could have caused much damage to the adjacent buildings and immediately vacated the nearby buildings.” Rahangdale praised his team for containing the fire and ensuring no damage was caused to any building.