Four people died and 13 were injured in a massive fire that broke out late Sunday night in a slum rehabilitation colony in Vikhroli, a central suburb of Mumbai.

The fire broke out in the meter room on the ground floor of the seven storey building around 3 a.m. Sunday night and quickly spread on the top floors, a fire department official told The Hindu.

Ten fire engines and equal number of water tankers were rushed to the spot. Officials said the deaths were because the incident happened late in the night when the residents were fast asleep and couldn't manage to escape in time.

Amongst those dead was a five year old boy - Ayush Shardul. The other deceased were identified as Gautam Shigvan (55) , Purnima Shigvan (50) and Vishal Shigvan (25).

The fire was brought under control within a couple of hours and by 3 p.m. fire fighters had completed the cooling operations. The injured have been admitted at Rajawadi hospital in Ghatkopar.