Mumbai pub fire, 14 killed and 16 injured. 9 women from a family go out to celebrate the purchase of a new car. The fire at two rooftop restaurants in Kamala Mills compound in Lower Parel made it the saddest day for a family from Ghatkopar.
On Thursday, eight cousins and two of their daughters gathered at Ghatkopar for lunch at a relative’s place. They suddenly made a plan to celebrate the new car, which Tejal Gandhi’s husband gifted her on their wedding anniversary.
Tejal and Kavita Dharani unanimously suggested they could celebrate in a pub, 1 Above. Tejal and Kavita, both 36, did not survive the fire.
The group had left for Kamala Mills a little after 9.30pm and had to wait for more than half-an-hour for a table to be allotted to them. Just sometime later, while they were having momos, the fire broke out and people started running to escape the fire.
Another couple, who was sitting right next to the group, with whom they exchanged pleasantries, died in the fire.
While the other seven cousins ran towards various exits, Gandhi and Dharani decided to rush towards the washroom, assuming they would be safe there because the interiors in the pub were made of wood.
Meghana Thakkar, Gandhi’s sister, who survived with some burns, tried to find her way out through the kitchen.
Dharani’s uncle, Nemish Shah, said the family is a close-knit one and they would have often had gatherings, one of which was planned for Friday morning. Shah demanded the authorities should check the security exits and arrangements before providing licenses.
Altogether 14 people were killed and at least 16 injured after a fire broke out in a rooftop restaurant and engulfed a four-story building in Mumbai’s thriving Kamala Mills complex late Thursday night, raising concerns over fire-safety norms in the city’s commercial hubs.>