Amid the surging number of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive cases in Mumbai, an astonishing news, on Thursday, June 11, feared the city dwellers as Mumbai’s iconic Crawford market reported an incident of several stalls trapped in fire. Soon, five jumbo fire engines rushed to the spot who doused the fire within a few hours. The fire engines were accompanied by one quick response vehicle and an ambulance, officials reported.
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The blaze erupted inside the heritage building, in the north-end wing of the British-era structure, around 6.15pm which was doused in 3 hours after the fire engines reached the spot, fire officials stated. Several stalls and shops inside the heritage building even at the mezzanine structure burnt due to the massive blaze. The cause of the fire is yet unknown and the real cause is still a matter of investigation.
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The neighbors stated that due to COVID-19 effect, the market is less crowded and hence, there were no casualties due to fire. The firemen present at the spot reported that the fire was a major one but due to lockdown restrictions, less people were present at the affected area and hence, no injuries or casualties were reported.
Mumbai Mayor, Kishori Pednekar, has also visited the spot to take stock of the situation and the damage caused to the shops. The heritage building is located opposite to Mumbai Police Headquarter near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT). The iconic market is popular for wholesale vegetables, poultry, fruits, cutlery items and other stuff. It was built around 150 years ago by a British Architect, William Emerson.