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Mumbai's Fire Incidents See 7% Increase This Year

According to reports revealed by the Mumbai fire brigade, 33 people have died in the city this year so far. This is 2.5 times more compared to 2022.

Mumbai's Fire Incidents See 7% Increase This Year
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According to reports revealed by the Mumbai fire brigade, 33 people have died in the city this year so far. This is 2.5 times more compared to 2022.

In 2022, there were 4,417 fire-related incidents, in which 13 people died and 160 were injured. Meanwhile, the corresponding figures for 2021 are 4,065, 19 and 173.

With almost a month left to go for this year, the fire brigade has received 4,721 fire calls so far, which is a 7 per cent increase over last year. From these, 290 people were injured, that is over 80% more than in 2022.

Besides, it is pertinent to note that women made up 32% of the toll during 2019-23, and 30% of the injured.

Fire brigade officials attribute the majority of Mumbai's blazes to short circuit, calling for mandatory electrical audits, similar to the existing biannual fire audits.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials agree with the fire brigade recommendation of mandatory electrical audits, similar to the existing biannual fire audits, since most blazes are triggered by short circuits.

The most devastating incident occurred on October 6 at an SRA building in Goregaon, where eight people died.

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