According to fire brigade officials, a fault in the air conditioning unit of a flat caused the fire, which quickly engulfed the 18th floor of the Kamala Building perhaps because of the strong sea breeze. Thirteen fire engines and seven jumbo tankers had to be rushed to douse the fire.
The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation said seven injured persons were admitted to the Nair Hospital of whom five succumbed to their injuries. Two were taken to the Kastubha Hospital where one died.
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