A few activists of Okhla served dinner to the fire victims in Dhobi Ghat today. Faisal Khan of Khudai Khidmatgar wrote that dinner was distributed among the victims. Also, he shared a few photos. It was in the afternoon when words spread in the locality that fire broke out in jhuggis of Dhobi Ghat.
OT.COM reported about the event in the afternoon.
Several local leaders rushed to the spot. Fire tenders too reached the locality and doused the fire. Residents said no casualties were reported save a woman and three children sustaining minor burn injuries. Residents said as fire spread from one jhuggi to another, people rushed in the open to save themselves.
“Total eight to nine of our vehicles arrived for fire fighting. Fire has been controlled, only cooling is left,” Station Officer, Narendra Singh told ANI. Dhobi Ghat is a slum area situated on the banks of River Yamuna, near Batla House in Jamia Nagar.
Local leader Jamal Haider said about 200 jhuggis were gutted. However, Station Officer reported 80 shanties to have been damaged.
What led to the fire is still not known with some residents claiming that it started from short circuit or cooker in a jhuggi with nobody sure.
Several poor residents have become homeless following the blaze and needed help.