Nine-year-old charred to death

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New Delhi, Jan 27 (PTI) A nine-year-old boy wascharred to death when fire broke out at two night shelters incentral Delhi early this morning, fire brigade officials said.

The incident was reported from the night shelterslocated near Jama Masjid''s Meena Bazar at around 6.15 am. Firetenders were rushed to the spot which doused the fire in 45minutes.

The deceased has been identified as Kallu, who wassleeping when the blaze broke out.

The caretaker of the shelters tried to wake him up butbefore that the fire spread fast.

The fire spread fast as the tents were made of cloth.

The shelters were managed by an NGO Ashray AdhikarAbhiyan. The NGO manages 24 such shelters across the city.

Around 15 children, 20 women and 50 men were at thetwo shelters when the fire broke.

Investigators suspect that the fire broke out due to aloose connection of a heater that was on at one of theshelters.

A case of death due to negligence has been registered.

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