A massive fire broke out at in East Delhi’s Mangolpuri area gutting hundreds of slum during the early hours of Monday. The fire department received a call around 2am in the morning after which they rushed to the locality with 28 fire tenders. It took them around two hour to get the fire under control. Police said that one person was injured in the massive fire.
The fire department revealed that no casualties have been reported yet and that the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. The fire also destroyed an overhead high-tension electricity line, leading to power disruption in the locality, IANS reported. Some reports have suggested that the fire is believed to have originated from a plastic waste dump yard adjacent to the slum cluster.
The situation was worsened by the fact that a filling station was also gutted in the fire leading to LPG cylinder explosions. The fire department managed to evacuate all the people from the area before the fire could lead to casualties.
The chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal directed officials to provide immediate relief to the victims and requested AAP volunteers to help in the rescue and rehabilitation process. The police is investigating the case.