Mumbai: At least 12 employees of Bhanu Farsan shop in Makhariya Compound, Khairani Road, in Saki Naka area of Mumbai died after being trapped in a fire that broke out in the wee hours of Monday.
Once cooling operations were over and the area was safe to enter, 12 charred bodies were recovered from debris and sent to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. "The said structure had partly collapsed", said the fire department.
The Mumbai Police said traffic had been diverted.
A similar fire at a construction site in Mumbai killed six people and injured several others in September.
According to Fire Brigade officials, three fire engines, and four Jumbo Tankers were used to douse the fire.
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"Some workers managed to run out and escape before the structure collapsed, so the remaining people may still be trapped".
The fire spread to huge stock of eatables, cloth sheets and furniture, trapping numerous workers employed in the shop, according to the shop proprietor.
The cause of the fire was not yet known, he said, adding a probe was underway. "Search is in progress", said a BMC spokesperson.
"The fire broke out after a blast in the company".