“After work on Thursday, I and my friend had planned to dine at 1Above at Kamala Mills. We reached at around 10pm and had finished eating by 12.15 am. We were just to pay the bill when we saw a small portion of the roof catching fire. It looked so minor that everyone thought it would be doused,” said Dr Sulbha Arora, Clinical Director – Nova IVI (Andheri, Mumbai), Gynaecologist and IVF Specialist at KEM and many hospitals who was an eyewitness to the fire incident at Kamala Mills.
“By the time anyone could realize, the fire had engulfed the whole place and people started rushing to the exit. Chaos and panic created a stampede like situation where I fell down and people walked past me. The hotel staff however, was quiet helpful. They helped me and my friend through the back-exit from the kitchen. After about 7mins of nearing death, we came out alive,” she recalled.
According to Dr Arora, at least 125 people were present on the sight and many of them rushed without any clue of exits creating more commotion. “Many women rushed to the washrooms and died of suffocation. It is a very unfortunate event of my life. If not for the hotel staffs and god’s grace, I wouldn’t have survived”