Date
24 March 2017
Firefighters try to extinguish a blaze at the venue of a cultural event during 'Make in India' week in Mumbai on Sunday. Photo: Reuters.
Firefighters try to extinguish a blaze at the venue of a cultural event during 'Make in India' week in Mumbai on Sunday. Photo: Reuters.

Huge fire at ‘Make in India’ event in Mumbai

A massive fire engulfed the stage at a cultural event in Mumbai on Sunday during a “Make in India” summit launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to drum up foreign investment.

Thousands of spectators, including top political and business leaders and Bollywood actors, were evacuated safely, Reuters reported.

Television pictures showed fire breaking out at the front of the outdoor stage during a performance by dancers. Fanned by high winds, it quickly spread, lighting up the night sky.

The blaze broke out at 8:24 pm local time due to a short circuit. Fourteen fire engines and 10 water tankers took just over an hour to bring it under control, according to the report.

Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan were among those who had to be evacuated from the venue. 

The fire accident is likely to overshadow the week-long business event.

When he opened the investor jamboree on Saturday, Modi called Make in India “the biggest brand India has ever created”. 

The event is being attended by 2,500 foreign companies and 8,000 firms from India.

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