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One Dead In Large Slum Fire Near Mumbai; 24 Firetrucks Dispatched

A major fire erupted in a densely populated slum area in Thane district, Maharashtra, on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring several others. The fire broke out around 4:30 am in the Azad Nagar area of Bhayandar East, quickly engulfing huts, shops and narrow alleys.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Prakash Gaikwad said the fire was sparked by waste dumped nearby. “One person has died, two fire brigade personnel and 2-3 others were injured,” he stated.

Over 20 fire tenders were deployed to douse the raging flames. Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation Commissioner Sanjay Katkar, overseeing rescue efforts, said occupants fled their homes as the fire spread.

Many commercial establishments are located in the slum colony, he added. The cause of the Azad Nagar fire remains unknown. Authorities hope to control the blaze within an hour, but the densely packed structures continue to pose a challenge.

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