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89 rescued from blazing Mumbai office building

Television images showed people breaking window panes and waving to fire officers to evacuate them.

People awaiting rescue stand on the balcony (Rafiq Maqbool/AP)
People awaiting rescue stand on the balcony (Rafiq Maqbool/AP)

Firefighters rescued 89 people after a nine-storey office building caught fire on Monday in Mumbai, India’s financial capital, an official said.

No injuries were reported.

Sixteen fire engines battled the blaze and evacuated people from the building using hydraulic platforms in the city’s Bandra area, fire official Rohan More said.

The building houses the offices of a state-run telephone company.

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People awaiting rescue stand near the windows (Rafiq Maqbool/AP)

All of the 89 escaped without injuries, Mr More said, adding that he believed everyone had been rescued but firefighters were combing through the building to make sure.

The firefighters restricted the blaze and smoke to the third and fourth floors, where it started, Mr More said. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Television images showed people breaking window panes and waving to firefighters to evacuate them.

A woman who was rescued told the New Delhi Television news channel that she and some others were rescued from the fourth and fifth floors of the building.

A newly introduced robot, Robofire, was used to control the blaze, the Press Trust of India news agency reported, without giving details.

Fires are common in India, where building laws and safety norms are often flouted by builders and residents.

In February, 17 people were killed by a fire in a six-storey hotel in New Delhi that started in an unauthorised rooftop kitchen.

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