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60 shanties gutted in fire at Bajghera slums

A preliminary investigation has revealed that the fire broke out due to a short circuit in some of the electrical appliances present inside the shanties.

gurgaon Updated: May 11, 2019 23:44 IST
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Gurugram
Residents said all their valuables were destroyed in the fire.
Residents said all their valuables were destroyed in the fire. (Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
         

At least 60 shanties were gutted in a major fire that engulfed the Bajghera slums in Sector 112 on Friday night, leaving at least 60 people homeless. No casualties were reported from the site, said the police.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that the fire broke out due to a short circuit in some of the electrical appliances present inside the shanties.

However, the exact reason behind the incident can only be ascertained once a thorough probe has been conducted, said the police.

The fire officers said it took them more than an hour to extinguish the flames and that it spread rapidly due to the explosions of multiple LPG gas cylinders and presence of scrap materials stored in the huts.

Isham Singh Kashyap, district fire officer, Gurugram, said he had received a call around 12:30 am informing him about the incident. Seven fire tenders with 21 firemen were rushed to the spot to control the fire.

“The fire might have started between 12am and 12:30am due to a short circuit in some electrical appliances inside the shanties. Most of the huts were lying vacant and only 20 families were present at the time of the incident. More than 30 dwellings were filled with scrap materials, which may have also caused the fire to spread swiftly,” he said.

The slum dwellers said they were sleeping when they heard loud explosions. They woke up and rushed out to find thick smoke billowing out of the huts. They said it took more than an hour to douse the flames that damaged domestic appliances and other valuables of 20 families. However, the family members managed to escape narrowly.

“The fire rapidly spread to the adjoining shanties. The flames and smoke spread within seconds and engulfed the entire area causing suffocation. By the time all the families had woken up, the fire had spread, and significant damage had already been done. We all rushed out and ran towards a vacant area to save our lives,” said Mofidul Aslam, 23, a resident of the slum. Aslam said all their savings, in form of cash and other valuables, were destroyed in the fire.

Deepak Kumar, station house officer (SHO) of the Bajghera police station, said they had reached the spot and helped the fire officials in controlling the fire.

“We have informed the senior administrative officials to ensure that all the victims receive compensation for the damage to their properties. As of now, we are trying to provide food and other items of necessities to the slum dwellers,” he said.

In another incident in Dharam Colony in Palam Vihar two cars, a scooter and a motorbike parked in the colony were also gutted in fire, said the police, who are investigating the cause

First Published: May 11, 2019 23:44 IST