Six killed in fire at Mahim slum

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Jan 26, 2013 01:53 IST

At least six people were killed and 9 injured in a major fire at Naya Nagar slum in Mahim early on Friday morning. More than 50 two-storey hutments were destroyed.



According to preliminary investigations, the fire started from an electricity meter box located in the slum, which adjoins the Sion-Mahim Link Road.

"At present, we don't suspect any foul play, but we are investigating the matter," said BR Gite, inspector, Mahim police station.

Eight fire engines, six water tankers and two ambulances rushed to combat the blaze, and managed to control it after five hours. Narrow lanes in the congested slum affected rescue operations, said fire officials.

Locals claimed that four LPG cylinders burst, further adding to the magnitude of the fire.

The injured were taken to Bhabha and Sion hospitals. "The bodies are charred beyond recognition. We can't even distinguish the gender," said Dr Pradeep Jadhav, medical superintendent, Bhabha Hospital. The Mahim police have registered a case of accidental death.

 

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