Delhi shanty fire kills five of family

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) A couple and their three children were burnt to death on Monday in a major fire that broke out in a shanty in north-west Delhi, the Delhi Fire Service said.

The blaze broke out around 3.00 a.m. in Bhalswa Dairy area. Three fire tenders took around an hour to douse the fire that destroyed five adjoining shanties.

The victims were identified as Mohammed Kalam, 35, his wife Rubina, 32, and their children Salamat, 8, Miyamat, 6, and eight-month-old Asmat.

“The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. The accident may have been caused due to a cylinder explosion,” the official said.

Kalam, a labourer, was residing in Delhi for over 15 years after leaving his village in Bihar.

Neighbour Mohammad Juber informed police that Kalam’s whole family died in the blaze except for a girl child who went to her hometown in Bihar recently.

Juber told police that Kalam’s wife was blind.

A police official said the family was sleeping when the fire broke out and might have been knocked unconscious by the smoke.

“We have registered a case regarding the incident to find out if there was any wrongdoing. But, prima facie it seems to be a clear case of accidental fire,” the official said.

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