Three people died and four others were injured in separate fires that broke out across the national capital over a period of 12 hours.
The first fire occurred around 8.20 pm on Saturday, when a gas cylinder exploded while two men were preparing dinner in a hut at a slum colony on Gurudwara Road, Sriniwaspuri. The victims – Vasudev and Arjun – were rushed to the Trauma Centre in an autorickshaw, and admitted with burns.
Around 2.50 am on Sunday, the fire control room was alerted to another blaze at a godown in Begumpur, Malviya Nagar. As many as 25 tenders were rushed to the spot, but the fire had already spread to around 24 scrap godowns nearby. It took the authorities nearly three hours to douse the blaze.
Fire officials said they rushed two people – Ashok Kumar (50) and Malkan Singh (46) – to the Trauma Centre. Kumar, who was employed as a guard-cum-supervisor at the godown, died soon afterwards.
In the third incident, a woman and a child died in a fire that broke out at Budh Vihar in Sultanpuri around 4.40 am. A three-year-old girl was hospitalised with burns.
Identifying the deceased as Anjali (28) and Aditi (13), police said the fire was caused by a short circuit in the house. It took fire department officials around two hours to douse the blaze.