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Seven dead after majorfire break out in Shanties of Delhi’s Gokalpuri, CM to meet victims’ kin

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: A fire broke out in Delhi’s Gokupuri on Friday night in which seven people have died. “The fire was brought under control, seven bodies recovered by the Fire Department,” Delhi Fire Service said. The department said a total of 13 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to bring the blaze under control.

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According to Additional DCP, Morth East Delhi, the fire incident took place at 1 AM and the fire team was able to douse the fire by 4 AM.

“At 1 am there was a fire incident in Gokulpuri PS area. Immediately teams reached the spot with all rescue equipment. We also contacted the Fire Dept that responded very well.We could douse the fire by around 4 am. 30 shanties burned and 7 lives are lost,” Additional DCP said.

Delhi fire director Atul Garg said the deceased could not escape the fire that spread rapidly because they were sleeping.

“The charred bodies are unrecognisable. It seemed that these people were sleeping and could not escape as the fire spread extremely fast. Also, 60 huts were completely burnt. We are yet to know the reasons behind the fire,” Garg was quoted as saying by news agency.

Expressing his grief, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said he would visit the spot soon and talk to the affected people. “Heard the sad news early in the morning. I will go to the spot and meet the affected people personally,” Kejriwal wrote in a tweet in Hindi.

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