In a late-night incident reported by a vigilant citizen on November 12, 2023 at 22:34 hours, a fire broke out in an under-construction building on S G Barve Marg in Mumbai`s Chembur. The building, standing at ground plus three floors, witnessed flames on the third floor and terrace.

Swift response from the fire department and emergency services, coupled with the on-the-ground efforts of firefighters, ensured that the fire was contained to the tarpaulin sheet, bamboo, and other construction materials present on the terrace. The incident was brought under control, and the fire was successfully extinguished at 00:48 hrs on November 13, 2023, Mumbai’s civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said in a statement.

Fortunately, no injuries have been reported in connection with the incident. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, and investigations are underway to assess the extent of the damage to the under-construction building.

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Fire in Thane shopping complex; 4 shops gutted

Meanwhile, four shops were gutted after a fire broke out at a shopping complex in Bhiwandi town of Maharashtra`s Thane district, a civic official said on Monday.

No person was injured in the incident which took place at around midnight on Monday, Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation`s Commissioner Ajay Vaidya told PTI. The blaze erupted at one of the shops in the complex located in Teen Batti area and spread to other establishments, he said.

Four shops, including one selling school bags and another of clothes, were completely destroyed, the official said.

Local firemen rushed to the spot with three fire engines after being alerted. The blaze was put out by 1.30 am, he said. As per preliminary information, the fire is suspected to have been caused due to a short-circuit, the official said. 

In a separate incident, a 25-year-old man from Thane in Maharashtra ordered a smartphone worth Rs 46,000 from an online shopping platform but allegedly received three soap bars in the parcel delivered to him, police said on Monday.

The victim has been cheated by someone who tampered with the parcel enroute for delivery, an official from Bhayander police station said.

The man had ordered an iPhone worth Rs 46,000 from an online shopping portal.

On November 9, when he opened the package delivered to him, he found three soap bars used for dishwashing in a carton of the mobile phone, as per the police complaint filed by the man, who works at a photocopy shop.

The police on Saturday registered an offence against the unidentified culprit under Indian Penal Code section 420 (cheating), the official said.

A probe was on into the case, he added. 

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