Nearly 300 dwellings were ravaged and almost 700 people rendered homeless as a fire broke out in a slum at the Sadar Bazar area in north Delhi, injuring at least four persons.
The blaze was reported at 6.45 pm and was brought under control three hours later. Police and fire officials suspect a cylinder blast may have caused it.
Nishant Kumar, a ration shop owner and resident, said, “I was in my shop when I heard a loud noise. It sounded like some cylinders had exploded. Moments later, the fire had engulfed everything. I rushed to my house to retrieve some important documents but the fire had destroyed everything by then.”
The area had a few cracker godowns and the crackers burst due to the fire aggravating the situation, adding that a few LPG cylinders also burst, triggering more damage.
Police said the cause of the fire could not be ascertained immediately and their first priority was to rescue those affected. NDRF teams are also involved in the rescue operations.