500 homes destroyed in fire at slum in South Delhi

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Around 500 jhuggis (huts) were destroyed in a fire at a large slum in South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj this morning.

The fire, reported this morning, has been doused. 28 fire engines were sent to put out the flames, said an official, adding that the reason for the fire is yet to be ascertained.

“No casualties have been reported so far,” the official said.

“Fire was reported at 8.30 AM and fire tenders were immediately rushed to the spot. Plastic and wood kept in an open yard in the area also fuelled the fire,” said AK Sharma, Director of Delhi Fire Service.

“Heavy smoke filled the area as the blaze spread and small cylinders kept in the jhuggis exploded,” he added.