2 killed, 1,000 houses burnt as gas cylinders explode in Mumbai slum



Two persons were killed and 1,000 houses burnt when a massive fire broke out in a slum area in Kandivali suburb of north Mumbai on 7 December, triggering a series of gas cylinder explosions.

It has been confirmed that the fire broke out due as after 25 to 30 gas cylinders exploded suddenly without rhyme or reason.

As many as 16 fire engines were rushed to Damu Nagar, home to several godowns, to control the raging fire. An investigation is on to ascertain cause of fire. There is no clarity about the fire accident .

A loud blast was heard around 12:45 pm and then 15 to 20 explosions occurred one after the other, said a resident.

The cooking gas godown is apparently situated in a congested colony, thereby making it difficult for the fire tenders to reach the site. The fire has also led to traffic jams in Kandivali.

There are also fears that the blaze could soon spread to a nearby forest area.  According to Times Now, the cooking gas cylinders were allegedly stored in a godown and the building is adjacent to the Western Express Highway.

Massive plumes of smoke have been blowing out of the building, say eye witnesses.

The fire station categorised the fire accident as a category two and stated that there could be lot of damage as the fire is in a residential area.