At least eight people were killed in a blaze that swept a crowded restaurant in Mumbai after a gas cylinder exploded on Friday.
The explosion took place at City Kinara Hotel near the Holy Cross School in the Kurla area at around 1.30 pm.
The eatery was full of customers for the lunch time. Suddenly, a cylinder burst in the hotel’s kitchen, leading to the fire in which eight people were burnt alive, said an official of the BMC Disaster Control.
Deputy Commissioner, Zone 5, Mahesh Patil said a fire was reported at Hotel City Kinara in Kurla West around 1 p.m. It serves Chinese food. Fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot, and extricated eight bodies from the spot. Bodies were sent to Rajawadi Hospital.
The cause of the blast which was followed by a deafening explosion and a fire, is being investigated, said police.
The injured have been admitted to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar East.
Twelve fire tenders were on the spot to douse the blaze.