Early Morning Blaze Strikes Mumbai’s Dharavi Slum, Injuring Six

Mumbai, 28th May 2024: A fire erupted in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum area during the early hours of Tuesday, resulting in burn injuries to at least six individuals. The incident occurred around 3:45 am at the Ashok Mill Compound in Kala Qila, involving structures spanning three and four stories.

Initial investigations by the police revealed that the fire originated from a textile unit within the industrial compound, primarily affecting wooden materials and furniture.

Upon receiving the alert, five fire engines along with firefighting vehicles and water tankers, along with city police, civic ward staff, Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), and ambulances, swiftly responded to the scene.

The injured individuals were promptly transported to a nearby civic-run Sion hospital for medical attention, where their condition is reported to be stable. Authorities have launched further inquiries into the incident.

This incident comes amidst a series of recent fire-related incidents in different locations:

– Last week in Dombivli, a boiler explosion at the Amber Chemical Company led to a major fire resulting in five fatalities and 56 severe injuries. The explosion generated substantial smoke and was reportedly audible up to 3 kilometers away from the site.

– In Delhi, a devastating fire engulfed the Baby Care New Born hospital in Vivek Vihar, claiming the lives of at least seven infants and causing minor burn injuries to five others. The fire spread to adjacent buildings before being contained.

– Additionally, on Monday evening, a pantograph of a Delhi Metro train caught fire at Rajiv Chowk station due to external material interference with the overhead electrification equipment. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) confirmed the incident, which was captured on video and circulated on social media platforms by passengers present.