Major fire breaks out at slum in India's Mumbai

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-26 20:34:04|Editor: Song Lifang
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NEW DELHI, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- A major fire broke out at a slum in India's financial capital Mumbai Thursday, police said.

"The fire broke out during a demolition drive in the slum outside the Bandra Railway Station this afternoon. The fire even spread to the ticket counter of the station and passengers had to be evacuated and train services stopped for some time," a senior police official said.

However, there have been no reports of any casualty as the slum was fully evacuated before the demolition drive, he said. "The civic authorities and cops made sure that no one was there during the demolition," the official said.

"Some 10 fire tenders have been pressed into service to contain the flames. The fire is still raging," the official said.

Local TV channels reported that a cylinder blast in the slum caused an explosion, leading to the fire.

"Anyway, a probe has been ordered into the incident," the official said.

Last month, a fire broke out at a garment godown in Dharavi, India's largest slum, in Mumbai. However, there were no casualties.

Dharavi, home to 700,000 people, is not only India's largest slum, but also one of the largest in the world.