India

Mumbai restaurant fire kills eight people

  • 17 October 2015
  • From the section India
An Indian official inspects the site of a fire at a restaurant in Mumbai Image copyright AP
Image caption The fire broke out at lunchtime, trapping diners upstairs

A possible gas cylinder blast has killed at least eight people, most of them students, in a restaurant in the Indian city of Mumbai, police say.

The blast occurred in the Kurla West area of India's financial and entertainment capital, causing a fire that engulfed the building.

Seven of those killed were students of the nearby Don Bosco Institute of Technology, local reports said.

Police are investigating amid mixed reports over what caused the blaze.

The Associated Press reported that there had been a cooking gas cylinder explosion, but local reports said fire officials were looking at faulty wiring as a potential cause.

The deadly blaze broke out at lunchtime with the restaurant packed with customers.

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Image caption The mother of one of the victims of the fire was comforted by people outside hospital
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Image caption Indian police officials cordoned off the area following the deadly blaze