Mumbai rooftop restaurant fire kills 14

At least 14 people were killed after a fire broke out at a Mumbai rooftop restaurant early Friday, according to Mumba...

Posted: Dec 29, 2017 3:14 PM
Updated: Dec 29, 2017 3:14 PM

At least 14 people were killed after a fire broke out at a Mumbai rooftop restaurant early Friday, according to Mumbai police.

The fire started at around 12:22 a.m. local time at the fifth-floor restaurant, called 1 Above in Kamala Mills, according to Mumbai police spokesperson Deepak Deoraj.

Fire rips through rooftop restaurant

Diners rushed to get out of the fifth floor eatery as flames spread quickly

Images of the scene showed a raging fire overtaking the rooftop and billowing smoke in the night sky.

There are two restaurants on the building's top floor -- 1 Above and another establishment, Mojo's Bistro. Kamala Mills is a former industrial compound that in recent years has been refurbished and now houses restaurants, bars and offices in Mumbai's Lower Parel area.

Eleven of the 14 victims were female and the remaining three were males.

A case has been registered against 1 Above's manager and partners, Deoraj said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about the fire: "Anguished by the fire in Mumbai. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief. I pray that those injured recover quickly."

Eyewitness: Flames spread in a 'matter of seconds'

One diner who was present when the fire started told CNN that she and her dining companion noticed a "small fire" in the corner of the restaurant, but she had assumed staff would bring it under control.

However, customer Sulbha KG Arora had underestimated the speed at which it would spread.

"Before anyone had time to react in a matter of seconds the flames had spread very rapidly and engulfed the entire rooftop," she said.

"There was no time for anyone to try and bring the fire under control, the only thing possible to do was to try and escape from there."

Arora said there were around 100 people in 1 Above when the flames spread, and in a "bit of a stampede" diners rushed towards the entrance.

She says she was pushed down in the melee. "By the time I tried to get up, the whole roof above me was coming down in flames," she said.

Arora and her companion, an old college friend, instead escaped to the kitchen where staff helped them locate and exit through a fire escape door.

"There were quite a few flights of stairs we had to run down and as we kept running we could literally feel the fire chasing us because we kept feeling the heat behind us," she said.

Correction: A previous version of this article referred to Sulbha KG Arora as "he." It has been changed.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3566914

Reported Deaths: 52158
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles119192321435
Riverside2894503767
San Bernardino2866072874
Orange2612203917
San Diego2600913284
Santa Clara1106211777
Kern102627827
Fresno953931443
Sacramento932811472
Alameda806681242
Ventura77623844
San Joaquin665691101
Contra Costa62248681
Stanislaus56132946
Tulare47784758
Monterey42138328
San Mateo38998515
San Francisco34260412
Santa Barbara31805411
Solano30024164
Merced28915397
Sonoma28141298
Imperial26903591
Kings21955218
Placer19763232
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15467209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12834185
Shasta10985174
Butte10962160
El Dorado9095100
Napa903869
Sutter884597
San Benito576759
Yuba573337
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Nevada396074
Tuolumne394659
Mendocino379643
Amador346341
Humboldt318033
Lake315641
Glenn222523
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128737
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3957
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
Unassigned00
Chico
Partly Cloudy
66° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 66°
Oroville
Partly Cloudy
68° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 68°
Chico
Partly Cloudy
66° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 66°
Red Bluff
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 16°
Feels Like: 67°
Red Bluff
Partly Cloudy
67° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 67°
Chico
Partly Cloudy
66° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 66°
We've got a sunny & warm forecast ahead this week but a good chance for some rain (finally!) by the end of the week.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events