Kamala Mills fire: '1 Above' pub denies reports of lack of fire safety

ANI | Updated: Dec 29, 2017 23:42 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Dec 29 (ANI): In the wake of the Kamala Mills fire incident, a rooftop pub 1 Above, located on the same compound, clarified that it has all its fire safety regulations in place.

"1 Above have all its fire safety regulations, licenses, procedures and norms in place. We have been able to help save many lives thanks to our fire safety protocols and are grateful to our staff for their presence of mind and help in this time of crisis. To preempt any emergency, 1Above conducts a quarterly fire safety and crisis management training. This was also conducted recently for this quarter as per our vigilant practice for all our staff and managers," an official statement by 1 Above said.

The family of the owner of the pub had been interrogated by the police after 14 people were killed and several others injured in the fire that broke out in the rooftop restaurant in the Kamala Mills Compound early on Friday.

"There are over 10 fire extinguishers and adequate fire safety signatures in the premises as is required by the authorities... There was no escape from Mojo's Bistro, therefore, we believe that all their guests were told to go through the premises of 1 Above as we have an emergency exit. Hence patrons from Mojo's Bistro also began to rush into our premises as we helped the Fire Brigade that had arrived at the scene to evacuate guests," it added.

The pub is located on the third floor of the Trade House Building in the compound.

According to reports, the blaze was reported from the Mojo's Bistro restaurant and it quickly spread to the neighbouring restaurant.

The fire is suspected to be triggered by an electrical short-circuit. (ANI)