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New Delhi: Around 400 shanties were gutted in Delhi’s Mangolpuri area after a major fire broke out in the early hours of Monday, officials said.

“Around 28 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the flames. No casualties have been reported so far. Reason of the fire could not be known,” a fire department official told IANS.

“Belongings of the people living in the slums were destroyed in the fire,” the official said.

The firemen had to toil hard to douse the high leaping flames.

The fire also destroyed an overhead high-tension electricity line, leading to power disruption in the locality, a police officer told IANS.

“Power disruption created problems in dousing the fire. The fire broke out at 2 AM but could be extinguished only at 7 AM,” the officer said.

“The fire broke out early in the morning and our kids woke us up. From food to clothes, all our belongings have been burnt,” a resident of the area told reporters.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed grief over the incident and directed the officials to carry out relief works.

“Sad to learn about fire in jhuggis. Have directed officials to provide immediate relief,” he tweeted.

The chief minister also urged the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers to reach the spot and help the victims.

“I will also reach there after cabinet meeting. I urge AAP volunteers to go and help victims,” Kejriwal tweeted.

(IANS)

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Deepika’s Building, Mumbai Tower On Fire She’s Safe Though

After around five hours, the fire was brought under control

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Deepika's Building, Mumbai Tower On Fire She's Safe Though
Deepika's Building, Mumbai Tower On Fire She's Safe Though, pixabay

Firemen succeeded in controlling a major blaze in the top floors of the 33-storey Beaumonde Towers after battling the leaping flames for nearly five hours and evacuating more than 90 residents here on Wednesday evening.

However, at least two firemen suffered from suffocation and were rushed to a hospital.

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who lives in the same building on the 26th floor, tweeted that she was safe and expressed her prayers for the well-being of the firefighters.

“I am safe. Thank You everyone. Let us pray for our firefighters who are at site risking their lives,” she tweeted.

According to BMC Disaster Control, the fire erupted around 2.10 p.m. on the two uppermost penthouse floors 33 and 32, of the five-year-old building, sending thick black clouds of smoke billowing from the tallest residential tower in Prabhadevi area of Dadar west.

Later, after nearly three hours, the flames started spreading out on to the lower floors creating panic among the flat owners who include several celebrities, top share broker Anand Rathi and Amisha Vora, business and glamor world personalities besides Padukone.

Deepia Padukone
Deepika Padukone, flickr

More than two dozen fire-tenders, including sophisticated lifts and cranes, were deployed to fight the blaze and there no reports of any casualties so far.

After around five hours, the fire was brought under control and stopped from spreading to other lower or adjoining floors.

The fire emanated from the flat whose owners are currently abroad, but their residence has been reduced to ashes, according to some society members.

Padukone, who owns a four bedroom-hall-kitchen flat on the 26th floor was out for a shoot but her personal staff were among those who were evacuated this afternoon as a precaution.

There were conflicting reports whether the safety and fire-fighting equipment in the building were functional or not in the three-building complex constructed by Sheth Builders in 2012.

Local Shiv Sena legislator Sada Sarvankar also raised doubts over whether fire-safety norms had been complied or not for the building.

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Social media went viral with pictures and videos of the inferno shot from various close or distant locations, as the smoke clouds were visible at long distances downtown south and the suburbs, and the Bandra Worli Sea Link. (IANS)

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