Fire sweeps through slum in Indian capital

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) – A fire swept through a slum in the Indian capital on Friday, destroying hundreds of shanties where residents had collected scrap plastic and rubber for resale.No one was reported injured or killed, fire department chief A.K. Sharma said.It took 25 fire trucks and some 70 firefighters about two hours to put out the flames. Black smoke billowed from burning heaps of plastic bottles, tarps, rubber tires and scraps of wood that had been amassed by the slum’s thousands of residents who make a living collecting garbage for resale. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The fire destroyed nearly all of the makeshift slum dwellings that had been clustered next to three hospitals in the historical part of Delhi. The hospitals were protected from the blaze by a brick wall, Sharma said.Resident Nasima Khatum cried as she surveyed the smoldering remains of the home where she lived with her two children.“We used to sit here and eat and also used to sleep here,” she said. “We are very poor.”Another fire a day earlier in the financial center of Mumbai gutted state government offices and killed five people before authorities could put it out, authorities said Friday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Quick workouts for menlast_img

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