Mumbai, India – The manicure shop in the crowded Mumbai shopping mall where women were once treated to some of India’s best manicures has been gutted by fire and a major fire alarm was sounded on Thursday.
It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the blaze, which occurred in a small space inside a building in the mall’s shopping center.
Fire crews were on the scene to extinguish the blaze at the mall, which was reopened about 15 minutes later after the fire was put out.
The mall was not yet fully closed.
The building was built in 1912 and housed about 400 people.
The mall is a popular shopping spot and is one of India ‘s most visited tourist destinations.
The blaze is the worst fire in Mumbai for a few years, with the city having a total of 1,724 fires since 2010.
According to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Fire department, it was one of several fires at the shopping mall, located about 50 kilometres from the central city of Ahmedabad, that led to heavy losses of property.
It is one in a string of fires that have destroyed the shopping centre in the past three months, according to the fire department.
In December, fire broke out in the adjacent shopping centre, which is home to an exhibition space for Indian fashion brands.
The blaze came as the Indian government warned of a major increase in fire risks in the capital after the worst flooding in several years.
Earlier this month, the authorities imposed an evacuation order for most residents in the Mumbai metropolitan region, including those in the city’s crowded suburbs.