At least 11 people were killed and several injured when a 50-year-old building collapsed near the Thane Railway Station in the wee hours on Tuesday.
The four-storeyed building–Krishna Niwas–located in B cabin area of Thane city, came down crashing around 2.30 AM when the occupants were fast asleep, Thane Municipal Corporation’s Regional Disaster Management Cell in-charge Santosh Kadam informed.
Soon after the collapse, 50 personnel from fire brigade and National Disaster Response Force reached the spot and began rescue operations to save those trapped in the debris.
The team managed to pull out at least a dozen people from the debris, who were immediately rushed to nearby local hospital.
According to Additional Civic Commissioner Sunil Chavan the building was listed in the category of dangerous structures and the occupants were asked to vacate the building but they refused to comply with the orders.
District Collector Dr Ashwini Joshi and Guardian Minister Ekanth Shinde are supervising the rescue operations, which is still in progress.
This is the second major incident of building collapse within a week after a 40-year-old building crashed in Chole village of Thakurli in Kalyan claiming nine lives.