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40 homes gutted in fire at Bandra slum colony

Around 40 houses were gutted in a fire that broke out in the Nargis Dutt slum Colony at Ali Yavar Jung Road in Bandra (West) on Monday.

mumbai Updated: Oct 16, 2012 01:10 IST
HT Correspondent

Around 40 houses were gutted in a fire that broke out in the Nargis Dutt slum Colony at Ali Yavar Jung Road in Bandra (West) on Monday.

Mumbai Fire Brigade officers said no injuries were reported in the incident. However, Rajesh Shinde, a station officer with the fire brigade, suffered burns on his neck after a burning wooden plank fell on him while he was fighting the fire.

Residents of the slum said the prompt arrival of fire engines from the Bandra fire station, located close to the slum, prevented the fire from spreading.

“After we got the first call about the fire at 1.40pm, four fire engines, four water tankers and two ambulances were dispatched to the spot. An hour later, the fire was brought under control,” said Abhay Kale, assistant divisional fire officer. He said the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained. Residents said there could have been a short circuit in one of the houses.

Though none of the residents were injured in the fire, there was serious damage to property. “All our goods are destroyed in the fire including appliances such as televisions, refrigerators, mixers, etc. We were barely able to save some of our clothes and ran out with the utensils in which we were having lunch when the fire broke out,” said Rizwana Saeem, 40, whose two-room house was destroyed.

The Nargis Dutt slum is a cramped slum colony in Bandra, which houses more than 1,000 residential and commercial units made of tin sheets.