MUMBAI, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- At least six people were killed as a major fire gutted a posh residential building in South Mumbai, India on Friday evening, a fire official said.
The 12th floor of the 28-storey Mont Blanc in South Mumbai's Kemps Corner area caught fire at 19:30 local time. More than two dozen fire tenders were deployed to fight the fire.
"We were sitting in the garden at around 7 p.m. when the fire spread. Few people could come down and then the elevators stopped working. The cylinders that were in the passageway exploded and the fire spread. We called the fire fighters...and the 1st fire engine arrived around 8:15 p.m.," said a woman who lives in the building.
Five people were rescued from the 12th floor of the building where the fire started, officials said. The floor was gutted in the blaze completely. It took fire engines three hours to douse the blaze.
Two fire officials and four firemen were injured while trying to rescue the people. They have been moved to a hospital for treatment.
The deputy chief of the Mumbai fire department said they were able to evacuate people living below the 12th floor, whilst those living on the 14th and the 15th floors were shifted to the top floor.
The fire caused blasts in domestic gas cylinders and spread to higher floors, trapping many people. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be known.
A total of 52 families reside in the building, which was constructed in 1984. The building has two three-bedroom apartments on each floor.