Mumbai, Jan 25 (): A total of seven people were reportedly killed and several others were injured in a fire accident that broke out in a slum area near Mahim in Mumbai on Friday. Eight people were said to be in critical condition.
Eight tankers and seven fire engines were immediately put to service. The fire was brought under control after fighting hard for nearly four hours. However the cause of the fire was not immediately known, said sources.
Being a holiday today on the eve of Milad-e-Nabi, people were fast asleep not knowing about the fire that broke out at 5 am in the morning hours in the Naya Nagar slums, near Sion Mahim link road which spread quickly and killed the residents in their sleep.
The injured were rushed to Bhabha Hospital and Sion Hospital immediately, said the officials from fire department. Congress MP Eknath Gaekwad who reached the spot the moment he was informed about the fire incident said that the city fire brigade did a commendable job by operating fast and prevented higher casualties; else the densely populated area would have resulted in more numbers of deaths.
Several people all of a sudden were left homeless crying helplessly sitting on the footpath. The Congress MP as well as other social workers expressed grief over the incident and also assured for a possible relief to the families who lost their homes.
The area in which a number of wooden godowns were located was completely tarnished causing heavy loss to the people, said sources. Besides this fifty huts were said to be gutted in the fast spreading fire. A total of three thousand people were left homeless who were witnessed weeping on the road side.
The death toll might probably go up as the fire broke out at a time when the people were fast asleep, said Eknath Gaikwad. First information about the fire was given around 4 am on Friday morning, said the officials of BMC Disaster Control Centre.