At least 15 people died and five were critically injured in a late night fire at a multi-story building in Mumbai, local authorities said on Friday.
The majority of those killed were women attending a birthday party at a rooftop restaurant, police said. The 28-year-old woman celebrating her birthday was among those who died, her grandfather told Reuters.
The fire department received a call about the blaze in a commercial building in the Kamala Mills compound in Central Mumbai around 0030 local time (1900 GMT) on Friday, an official said.
Kamala Mills, a refurbished industrial compound, houses swanky restaurants and other commercial establishments. The fire in the building started on the top floor and engulfed the structure in less than 30 minutes, local media reported.
It was gathered that almost all the 15 died to asphyxiation, none of them have died to flames but due to fumes. An FIR has been registered against the restaurant where the fire initiated in Mumbai's Lower Parel locality. The case has been filed under the charges of culpable homicide under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).