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Five dozen people rescued from MTNL building fire in Mumbai

Smoke is seen coming out of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited building after a fire broke out, in Mumbai, India, July 22, 2019…. FRANCIS MASCARENHAS July 22, 2019 06:54pm IST

MUMBAI – Five dozen people were rescued from a nine-storey government building that caught fire on Monday in Mumbai, authorities said.

“The rescue operation is nearly done. We are searching every floor of the building to find out whether anybody is left behind,” a fire department official said.

Fire broke out on the third and fourth floor of the building, which houses the office of state-owned telecoms company MTNL, prompting employees to go to the rooftop of the building.

The rescue was carried out by a team of 175 firemen and 14 fire engines.

Municipal authorities initially estimated 100 people could have been trapped in the building.


July 22, 2019

Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav, Una Galani and Promit Mukherjee, Editing by Euan Rocha, Clarence Fernandez, William MacleanOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.


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