Mobile phones in Mumbai affected as fire engulfs office complex

July 18th, 2008 - 5:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, July 18 (IANS) A major fire broke out in one of the buildings of Peninsula Park, a commercial complex, at Lower Parel in central Mumbai here Friday morning, sending many mobile telephones in the city on the blink. A fire brigade official said the blaze, which raged for over four hours, had been brought “under control” by the afternoon. There were no reports of casualties and the cause of the fire was being investigated, he said.

An eyewitness said that offices of telecom major Airtel had been badly affected by the fire. Several Airtel subscribers complained that their phones had stopped working Friday morning.

Other big offices in the area, including those of the Piramal Group, Vodafone, OPPI, Deustche Bank, J.P. Morgan Stanley, Asian Paints and Wellspring Diagnostic Centre, were advised to shut down for the day. Electricity to the entire complex was cut off as a precautionary measure.

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