A massive fire broke out at a slum in northern Mumbai's Malad on Sunday afternoon, according to reports. Altogether four fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames before it engulfed the adjacent congested area, where rooms are mostly made of flammable material like wood and plastics. A thick plume of smoke could be seen billowing out of the slum as it is feared to be completely gutted in fire.
"Fire breaks out in a slum in Mumbai's Malad. Four fire tenders present at the spot," the news agency ANI reported.
Fire breaks out in a slum in Mumbai's Malad. Four fire tenders present at the spot pic.twitter.com/41CC7IJUbX— ANI (@ANI) December 9, 2018
Though panic gripped in the area following the tragic incident, no casualty has been reported into the incident so far. Causes of the fire or the extent of damages are yet to be ascertained.
Malad is a suburb located in North Mumbai, mostly occupied with slums, reflecting the ghettoization of the urban poor, who comprise nearly 65 per cent of the population, well above the average of 54 per cent for the whole of Mumbai.