West Bengal: Massive fire in Siliguri slum destroys hundreds of homes, seriously injuring three

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A major fire broke out in a slum in the northern West Bengal town of Siliguri on Saturday night, seriously injuring at least three people, including a firefighter and a child, according to the fire service. Police Commissioner Akhilesh Chaturvedi said the cause of the fire remained unknown.

The fire broke out at 8pm in ward 18 of the city, known as Rana Bustee, and is believed to have destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses.

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After hours of extinguishing, eight fire trucks managed to get the incident under control. While in the city, Union Education Minister Subhas Sarkar went there to assess the situation.

Due to the explosion of many cylinders, the fire quickly spread over the slum, where some 2,000 people lived.

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Residents reported fleeing their homes as the fire progressed, adding that they did not have time to collect belongings. Neighborhood councilor Mili Sinha was seen comforting the slum dwellers

(With input from PTI)

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