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Gas cylinder explodes slum; 27 injured

delhi Updated: Apr 13, 2010 12:28 IST

Twenty-seven people were injured Tuesday morning when a slum cluster in the capital caught fire after a cooking gas cylinder exploded, fire brigade officials said.

Some hutments were gutted in the incident which took place in the slum cluster near Premwari Bridge in AO- Block in Shalimar Bagh at around 8:30 am.

A gas cylinder exploded following suspected leakage and the fire spread to nearby hutments and seven fire tenders were rushed to the spot, which doused the blaze in about 70 minutes, the officials said.

"Twenty-seven people were injured in the incident and they were rushed to a nearby hospital where they are undergoing treatment," they said.

A series of major fire incidents have taken place in the capital this month.

There were two major fire incidents in the city -- one at Mundka plastic scrapyard and the other in jungles located near Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday while a day before a fire broke out in a container depot in Tuglaqabad, which destroyed goods worth crores meant for exports.

Around 600 hutments were gutted and two persons injured on April 8 when a major power transmission line fell down on an east Delhi slum, triggering a massive fire.

On April 2, four major fire incidents were reported from the city, including one at former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan's residence and another at the Income Tax office.