'BMC responsible for murder of people': Twitter reacts as fire kills 14 people in Kamala Mills

There are allegations of civic authorities turning a blind eye to illegal structures and violation of fire safety norms in the compound.

At least 14 people were killed and over 21 injured after a massive fire broke out at a building in Kamala Mills Compound in Lower Parel on Thursday, December 28, late night.

Majority of the victims who died of asphyxiation are reported to be women.

The fire started at One Above Pub, located on the third floor of the four-storey Trade House Building in central Mumbai at around 12:30 am. It soon engulfed the entire place and took several hours to be put out. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Among the major violations in fire safety rules that have emerged so far is the absence of fire extinguishers in the restaurant. There were no emergency exits either.

The Kamala House compound also houses commercial establishments including hotels, media offices, a police official said. Several media outlets, including TV news channels Times Now, ET Now and TV9 Marathi, have offices in the complex.

Meanwhile, BMC Mayor Vishvanath Mahadeshwar said that an inquiry has been ordered in the Kamala Mills fire and action will be taken against those who are found guilty.

There are allegations of civic authorities turning a blind eye to illegal structures and violation of fire safety norms in the compound.

BJP MP Kirit Somaiya blamed BMC for Kamala Mills fire:

A Mumbai-based activist also held the municipal body responsible for the fire.

AAP also blamed the BMC for the massive fire incident in Mumbai:

CM Devendra Fadnavis has now directed BMC Commissioner to take strict action against erring officials in the Kamala Mills fire incident.

People have expressed their solidarity with the victims of the Kamala Mills fire incident and extended condolences.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tweeted:

President Kovind also extended his condolences to the bereaved family:

Bollywood celebs also expressed shock and grief over the incident:

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