July 13, 2020 | 2:24 PM IST
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Level-2 fire engulfs Mumbai hotel housing 25 doctors involved in Coronavirus duties

A major incident was averted when a level-2 fire broke out in a five-storey hotel near Metro Cinema, Marine Drive, South Mumbai on late Wednesday night. All 25 doctors, who had been residing in Hotel Fortune were rescued in time and no casualties have been reported so far. 

Eyewitnesses reveal that the fire broke out on the first floor at around 11 pm and spread to the third floor within minutes. The police and about eight fire-tenders rushed to the spot within minutes and brought the fire under control. The firefighter personnel used ladders to rescue five people from the fourth floor. 

The cause of the fire is not known yet. However, a firefighting official said that the fire probably started from electric wiring and cables in the electrical duct and engulfed the fire ceiling in the lobby and common passages. The possibility of short-circuit has not been ruled out.

The incident occurred when many doctors and nurses had returned from their respective duties and were resting. Several doctors, nurses, and essential service staffers, involved in emergency duties during the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, have been residing in different hotels that are serving as temporary accommodations.

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