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The fire started on the 11th floor of a residential building called Sargam society. The housing society is located at Tilak Nagar in Chembur.

The victims have been identified as Sunita Joshi, 72, Bhalchandra Joshi, 72 and Suman Shrinivas Joshi, 83, Tarla Gangar, 52 and Laxmiben Gangar, 83.

The five elderly residents of the building were taken to the hospital, but died on the way.

Post-mortem was conducted at Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, and the bodies were handed over to the families today afternoon.

The fire was allegedly caused by a Christmas tree. The  Christmas tree of the person who lived in that apartment, caught fire. Out of panic, the unknown person the Christmas tree in the corridor; without giving second thought about the people who lived around him. After that the unknown person fled the building. This led to a massive tragedy as three families lost people who were dear to them.

Tarla was the daughter-in-law of Lakshiben Gangar. Sunita Joshi is survived by her son Sanjay Joshi, who is an inspector at Vikhroli Police station. Sunita Joshi lived on the fifteenth floor, Sunita passed away due to smoke inhalation.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, a relative from the Gangar family stated, “We were informed about the fire at night, but this morning, we found out that both of them had passed away. Lakshiben was bed-ridden due to a prolonged illness. And Tarla’s husband was at his job, both of them were alone at home and could not escape in time. Their home was completely destroyed in the fire.”

This is the fourth incident of major fire in Mumbai reported in the past four days. The number of fires which occurred in the month of December are given below:

  • Dec 17 – ESIC hospital – 11 Dead
  • Dec 20 – Trident Hotel – No Casualties
  • Dec 23 – Malad – No Casualties
  • Dec 23 – Malvani – No Casualties
  • Dec 23 – Kandivali – 4 dead
  • Dec 23 – Khar – No Casualties
  • Dec 26 – Vikhroli – No Casualties
  • Dec 27 – Dongri – No Casualties
  • Dec 27 – Tilak Nagar – 5 dead
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