A massive fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon on the upper floors of a skyscraper, located in Worli’s Prabhadevi area in Mumbai.About ninety to ninety-five persons were rescued safely.The fire, which was earlier characterised as a ‘Level-II’ one, now falls in ‘level-III’ category.Fire fighting operations are underway. The building is named Beaumonde residential complex, where Bollywood star Deepika Padukone also owns a house.Six fire engines and five jumbo tankers and a hydraulics platform and ambulance are present at the spot currently.Also readBeaumonde Tower Fire: How this 85-year-old and 65-year-old walked through a towering inferno to safetyNo causalities have been reported so far.Read: Worli Fire – latest updates Also readDubai hotel fires celebrity Indian-origin chef Atul Kochhar for ‘anti-Islam’ tweetThere is already an early controversy brewing about the fire with Shiv Sena corporator Kishori Pednekar alleging that the building’s security guards tried to douse the fire before informing the ‘fire and police promptly.She told DNA: “The building had private security agency which was not skilled. They tried to douse the fire on their own instead of informing Fire Department and police promptly. That wasted some time.”Also readBeaumonde Towers in Mumbai’s Worli catches fire; Sena corporator blames security guards as fire rages Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MLA Sada Sarvankar blamed the BMC and police saying that the fire department had no facility to climb the building. He said: “It is lucky that people survived. Firemen rushed through stairs to douse fire.”The Mumbai police in response to a Twitter user sharing a picture of the fire, tweeted, “Our staff & Fire Brigade is on the spot for assistance. They are trying their best to douse the fire and provide necessary help to people there.”Chief Fire Officer, P S Rahabgdale said, “A duplex flat on 32nd and 33rd floor has caught fire. We have rescued 90-95 persons. The firefighting operations are going on”In 2010, actor Deepika Padukone bought a plush four-bedroom apartment in a 33-storey tower for a whopping Rs16 crore along with her father Prakash, a former national badminton champion. Currently, Padukone is travelling, but all her staff members were successfully evacuated.
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