Massive fire engulfs Pune slum

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Pune, May 3 (ANI): A massive fire engulfed the Ambedkar Nagar slum of Pune on Sunday.

The slum, consisting over 5,000 huts, was immediately evacuated after the fire broke out at around 11.50 p.m.

Nearly 500 huts were totally gutted.

The enormous blaze was brought under control by 15 fire engines after nearly three hours.

Maharashtra's Minister of State for Home Affairs, Ramesh Bagwe, confirmed that the fire broke out after some LPG cylinders in the huts exploded.

"The fire which erupted after the blasts of LPG cylinders spread quickly because of the wind. Till now we have reports of one injured," said Bagwe.

Slum-dwellers have been relocated to the nearby schools belonging to Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). (ANI)

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