New Delhi: A major fire has broken out in a godown in Kandivali East in Mumbai.
It is unknown how the fire initially erupted but it spread into a cluster of shanties nearby causing explosions of gas cylinders. Reports say after one by one around 50-60 cylinders exploded.
200 slums have been gutted due to the raging fire. 16 fire engines were rushed to the spot in Damunagar.
"Our department received a call at about 12.33 PM and another message at about 12.51 PM about the fire. Immediately 16 fire engines, 12 water tankers, five fire brigade officials along with other jawans were rushed to the spot to douse the flames," Deputy Chief Fire Official P S Rahangdale said.
The fire broke out at the slum on Akurli Road in Damunagar area of Kandivili. The place is said to house a godown of various items.
Some people are feared to have been injured in the mishap, an official at fire control room said without divulging details.
"Our primary job is to douse the fire with minimal impact and it will take sometime to ascertain the details and the cause of the blaze," he said.
However, local residents claimed that the inferno occurred due to a series of cylinder explosions.
Meanwhile, police cordoned off the area and were trying to verify the claims of the locals.
An investigation has been launched into the incident.