At least 50 shanties gutted in major fire in Rohingya shelter in Delhi

The Delhi Fire Services (DFS) received a call at about 3:38 am from Kanchan Kunj in Madanpur Khadar after which 11 fire tenders were pressed into service.

Written by Alok Singh | New Delhi | Updated: April 15, 2018 5:30:12 pm
rohingya fire, rohingya shelter fire, rohingya refugees delhi, sarita vihar, madanpur khadar, rohingya shanties catch fire, delhi news, indian express The fire broke out in the wee hours of Sunday morning (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

At least 50 shanties housing Rohingya refugees in southeast Delhi’s Sarita Vihar were gutted in a fire that broke out in the wee hours of Sunday. The Delhi Fire Services (DFS) received a call at about 3:38 am from Kanchan Kunj in Madanpur Khadar after which 11 fire tenders were pressed into service. They took three hours to douse the flames, an official of the DFS said.

According to police, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, however, preliminary investigations point to an office building located next to the JJ slum camp where the fire could have started, which soon spread all over the camp. “No one was injured, except a resident of the camp who received minor burn injuries on his hand. Three cylinders also exploded during the rescue operation by police and fire department officials,” said a police officer.

Mohammad Shakir, one of the residents of the camp told The Indian Express that about 230 people from the Rohingya community were staying in the camp. “We have also lost all our articles including refugee cards and money as the fire spread very quickly. Many people were sleeping when the fire broke out, however all were rescued on time,” said Shakir.

“We don’t know how fire broke out. We live here for six years,” he added.

Another resident said that camp residents had hired a private security guard to keep a check during night but he had not been reporting for duty since the past three months. “We are very poor people and have no source of income but we had to pay Rs 6000 per month to him. But for three months, the guard was not coming,” said Javed.

rohingya fire, rohingya shelter fire, rohingya refugees delhi, sarita vihar, madanpur khadar, rohingya shanties catch fire, delhi news, indian express The camp housed about 230 Rohingya refugees. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav) rohingya fire, rohingya shelter fire, rohingya refugees delhi, sarita vihar, madanpur khadar, rohingya shanties catch fire, delhi news, indian express According to police, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav) rohingya fire, rohingya shelter fire, rohingya refugees delhi, sarita vihar, madanpur khadar, rohingya shanties catch fire, delhi news, indian express Residents say all their belongings were gutted in the fire (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

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