Fire Snack Shop

At least 12 people were killed in a massive fire in the Andheri east area of Mumbai Dec. 18, 2017. Three fire-fighters, four jumbo water tankers and ambulances managed to extinguish the blaze. (IANS photo)

NEW DELHI — An overnight fire in Mumbai killed 12 sleeping workers early Dec. 18 at a small shop that made and sold fried snacks, Indian media said.

One survivor, 28-year-old Tushar Pawar, told The Associated Press that he saw the fire in the center of the workshop area about 4 a.m.

“Those who were outside were able to move out, but those who were inside, they were trapped and could not come out,” he said.

A disaster management official told the Press Trust of India news agency that 12 workers succumbed to the intense heat and smoke. They were taken to a hospital and declared dead on arrival, he said.

Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the fire, which gutted the workshop area and the shop itself. It made “farsan,” a salty snack enjoyed with tea.

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