Fire engulfs 500 hutments in Delhi, eight injured

A fire broke out at a slum cluster of close to 500 hutments in Delhi`s Vasant Kunj area, an official said Friday.

IANS| Last Updated: Apr 25, 2014, 16:50 PM IST

New Delhi: At least eight people were injured when a slum cluster of close to 500 hutments went up in flames in Vasant Kunj area here Friday, an official said.

The fire was reported at 8.30 am and 35 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.
"Close to 500 jhuggis (huts) went up in flames", a fire service official said.

The injured were admitted to a hospital.

Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung visited the spot and directed officials to set up medical camps and provide drinking water and food to the affected people, an official statement said.

He also announced ex-gratia payment for those affected.