At least 14 killed in Mumbai restaurant blaze

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Eleven women attending a party died in the blaze, including the 28-year-old woman celebrating her birthday on the restaurant’s roof.

Reports in local media claimed that a false ceiling in the four-storey building collapsed, trapping people inside as they attempted to escape.

“Fourteen people have succumbed to their injuries,” said Avinash Supe, dean of the local KEM hospital.

He added: “Most of the deaths were due to asphyxiation.”

One woman who escaped the building wrote on Twitter that there had been a “stampede” to get out.

Sulbha Arora wrote: “People were running over me even as the ceiling above me was collapsing in flames.

“Still don’t know how I got out alive. Some powers were definitely protecting me.”

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A burnt dining table is seen among the charred remains of a restobar where a rooftop party was being held in Mumbai early on December 29, 2017. At least 14 people were killed when a huge blaze tore through a popular restaurant in Mumbai early December 29, police said, in the latest disaster to raise concerns over fire safety in India. / AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
Image:A burnt dining table among the charred remains of the building in Mumbai

Police are investigating what started the fire and have filed a preliminary case against the restaurant’s owners.

The blaze is the latest to prompt concerns over fire safety preparations in India.

Earlier this month, a fire in a Mumbai sweet shop led to a building collapse, which killed 12 sleeping workers.

In September, a gas cylinder explosion in a building that was still under construction killed six people.

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