Fire in India on December 18 2017 06:10 AM (UTC).
At least 12 people have died and several others are feared trapped after a shop in Saki Naka, Andheri (east), caught fire and collapsed early on Monday. The 12 dead were pulled out of the rubble around 8 am, after four hours of rescue operations. The victims, who were declared dead on arrival at Rajawadi hospital in Ghatkopar, have not yet been identified. The shop, located in Makhariya Compound in Saki Naka, caught fire around 4. 15 am. The fire was doused in 30 minutes, said a fire brigade official, who did not wish to be named. The owner of the shop has told officials that 10 to 15 people work in the shop. Operations are underway to rescue another five to six workers, who are said to be trapped under the rubble. "Some workers managed to run out before the structure collapsed, but the remaining people may still be trapped. Search operations are going on," the official said. The fire brigade received a call at 4.17 am, after which three fire engines, four jumbo water tankers and an ambulance were rushed to the spot. "The electric wiring and installation, and a huge stock of eatables, furniture, and sheets had caught fire," the official said. The blaze did not spread beyond an area of 60x30 feet in the ground-floor structure. Dr. Vidya Thakur, medical superintendent, Rajawadi hospital, said 12 bodies have been brought in so far. "All the patients were pronounced dead on arrival. We have not yet got any admissions with injuries," she said.