One person was killed and two others injured when fire broke out in two separate slum clusters in the capital on Sunday, gutting over 400 hutments early this morning.

The first incident was reported from the slum cluster located behind Ankur apartment in east Delhi’s Patparganj at around 2:50 am. Seven fire tenders were rushed to the spot which doused the blaze within an hour.

One person died in the incident while two others suffered injuries. Four slum dwellings were gutted in the fire. “The blaze broke out after an electric wire caught fire and fell on the huts,” a senior fire brigade official said.

The second incident was reported from a slum in north-west Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh at around 4.00 am. 27 fire tenders were rushed to the area, which brought the blaze under control in 90 minutes.

Though no one was injured, 400 hutments were gutted.

The cause of this fire is yet to be ascertained.

Several incidents of fire in slum clusters have occurred since the start of April and firemen have been on their toes to ensure minimum damage to life and property.

Thirty people, including 21 children and four women, were injured in fire caused by a leaking gas cylinder at a tea shop in Shalimar Bagh last Tuesday.

In another incident on the same day, 175 slum dwellings were gutted in Shaheen Bagh of southeast Delhi.

On April 8, around 600 hutments were gutted when a power transmission line fell on a slum in east Delhi’s Ghazipur.

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