Though 11 fire engines and eight water tankers were immediately sent to the thickly-populated area where many wood godowns are located, more than 50 huts were gutted before the blaze was brought under control. Consequently, nearly 3000 residents were forced out onto the roads.
Mumbai South Central MP Eknath Gaikwad noted that "The narrow lanes in the congested locality prevented quicker rescue operations, but the city fire brigade did a commendable job and prevented higher casualties."
However, he hinted that the death toll may go up as all the people who were sleeping at the time the fire broke out have not been accounted for.
Officials at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Disaster Control Centre said that the first information of the fire was received shortly after 4 am.