Usmanpur Slum Fire Kills Infant, Two Minors in Delhi

Three children, including an infant died after fire broke out at the Usmanpur slum area in northeast Delhi.

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Police suspect that the fire was caused by a short circuit followed by three cooking gas cylinders explosions. (Photo: ANI)

Three children of a family, including a six-month-old boy, died and another was severely injured in a fire that broke out at a slum cluster in northeast Delhi’s New Usmanpur area, police said on Sunday.

Police suspect that the fire was caused by a short circuit followed by three cooking gas cylinders explosions.

The deceased have been identified as Reena (10), Meena (7), daughters of one Kallu Ram, and his six-month-old son, Mubarak.

I will take up the matter with Delhi State Legal Services Authority to seek compensation for the victims’ kin. Though nothing can compensate such a huge loss (of lives), we will write to the DLSA seeking compensation for the family of the victims. It is the “saddest” thing that could ever happen to a family.

Swati Maliwal, DCW chief

Maliwal said a doctor was called to the spot during her visit and the mother was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Their neighbour’s son Shakhuddin also got trapped inside a burning shanty and he is now admitted in a hospital with 60 per cent burn injuries, said police.

The fire broke out around 11.30 pm Saturday night, following which eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

More than a dozen shanties were gutted by the fire and it took the firefighters around three hours to douse the flames and finish the cooling operation, said an official at Delhi Fire Services.

The fire is suspected to have been caused by a short circuit and the situation got worse when three cooking gas cylinders exploded, police said.

The children were trapped in their shanties and, except one, the others could not be saved despite the launch of an immediate joint rescue operation by police and fire officials, they police.

Two buffaloes also died in the fire and the injured child Shakhuddin’s father Allah Rakha also suffered burn injuries while trying to save the children, police said.

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