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Six killed, 300 slums gutted down in Delhi fire

Six persons were killed and about 300 hutments gutted in a fire that tore through a slum cluster in East Delhi.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 01:19 IST

Six persons were killed and about 300 hutments gutted in a fire that tore through a slum cluster near Geeta Colony in East Delhi late on Monday, fire department officials said in New Delhi.

"Six persons were killed in the fire," Santosh Singh, Deputy Fire Officer said.

The fire, described of "serious" nature, broke out at 10:00 pm in the slum cluster in Geeta Colony area along the banks of river Yamuna.

Forty-five fire tenders were rushed and firemen managed to douse the flames after a 100-minute battle, they said.

The cause of the fire was not known.

The residents of the slums had fled their hearths to safety along the adjoining Vikas Marg.

Police officials had blocked traffic on the Vikas Marg to make fire fighting operations easier.