Mumbai Restaurant Fire Kills at Least 14

The injured were brought to King Edward Memorial Hospital and Sion Hospital in Mumbai. Dr. Avinash Supe of King Edward Memorial Hospital said by telephone that patients were being treated for burn injuries, but that their conditions had stabilized.

Officials said it was unclear what had caused the blaze. Criminal complaints of culpable homicide have been filed against the owner and restaurant manager of 1 Above for failing to provide adequate emergency exits and evacuation instructions in the restaurant. Virendra Mishra, Deputy Commissioner of Police in Mumbai, said by telephone that the police have been unable to locate the men.

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Friends of a victim waiting at a hospital.Credit Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Safety regulations are rarely enforced in Mumbai, home to more than 18 million people, especially in older buildings, where fires and building collapses are common.

Mumbai Restaurant Fire Kills at Least 14
Mumbai Restaurant Fire Kills at Least 14

In July, the police in Mumbai arrested a man affiliated with a local political party for making illegal alterations to a five-story building that caused it to collapse and kill at least 17 people.

Devendra Fadnavis, the chief minister of Maharashtra state, where Mumbai is located, said he had ordered a full investigation into the cause of the fire, writing on Twitter that “strong action” would be taken against “erring officials.”

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, said that he was “anguished” by the fire. “My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief,” he wrote on Twitter.

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Charred debris from restaurant where the fire happened.Credit Rajanish Kakade/Associated Press

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