1,000 shanties destroyed in Mumbai fire

People sifting through the wreckage after a massive fire broke out in the slums of Damu Nagar in the Kandivali area of Mumbai, India, yesterday. The fire destroyed around 1,000 shanties and killed at least two people, while at least four others were
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People sifting through the wreckage after a massive fire broke out in the slums of Damu Nagar in the Kandivali area of Mumbai, India, yesterday. The fire destroyed around 1,000 shanties and killed at least two people, while at least four others were injured in the blaze. Dramatic video footage and pictures posted on Twitter showed thick black smoke billowing above the slums after more than a dozen liquefied petroleum gas cylinders at a nearby warehouse exploded in quick succession. The Mumbai fire brigade's chief fire officer Prabhat Rahangdale said 16 fire engines were sent to the area after the brigade received a call alerting it to the blaze shortly after 12.30pm local time yesterday. The accident was the latest deadly fire-related disaster that has hit Mumbai this year. In June, a fire in a high-rise apartment block killed seven people after they were trapped in a lift on the upper floors.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 08, 2015, with the headline '1,000 shanties destroyed in Mumbai fire'. Print Edition | Subscribe