Fri, 22 Jun 2012 04:42:56 GMT
Fire engulfs Mumbai Mantralaya: Pics

A major fire broke out on Thursday at Mantralaya, the Maharashtra state secretariat complex that houses offices of the Chief Minister, key Ministers and top officials.

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Two people were killed and 16 others were injured when a major fire swept the Maharashtra Mantralaya or secretariat in Mumbai on Thursday, with officials saying late night that the blaze was under control but yet to be fully doused.

Two charred bodies were recovered from outside Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar's office on the sixth floor of the Mantralaya as fire fighters were still engaged in combating the fire that gutted four floors of the building.

"Two dead bodies - both males - have been found outside an office on the sixth floor," a fire official said late Thursday.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan earlier said that the massive fire that gutted most of the top four floors was now under control. He also ordered a probe by the Crime Branch.

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