Bombay house building catches fire

Mumbai: Three persons were killed today and another injured after a major fire broke out at the Bombay House building, housing the Tata Group offices in South Mumbai."Three men died at the St George Hospital after they were admitted with severe burn injuries," a fire brigade official said, adding the injured person is recuperating.

Chief Fire Officer Uday Tatkare said the three victims identified as Ishwar Patel (45), Sushant Pawar (30) and Sorhal Wadia (40) died due to suffocation, while the injured Chandrakant More has suffered severe burns.All the four were working in a canteen in the building

The fire broke out at around 0920 hours in the basement of the Bombay House building, the headquarters of the Tata Group.The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage is yet to be ascertained, the official said, adding the flames have been brought under control..

The official said though fire fighting equipment was in place, it was in manual mode instead of auto mode."So the magnitude of the incident was more. Also, the three persons, who were trying to escape, chose a wrong route," he said.The Bombay House building situated near Flora Fountain is operational since 1924. The building is a four-story colonial structure and serves as Tata Group`s headquarters.