Bandra blaze leaves over 2,000 homeless, 21 injured

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mumbai

Mumbai, Mar 4 :  At least 21 people were injured and over 2,000 people, including 'Slumdog Millionaire' child actor Rubina Ali, rendered homeless in the big fire which was controlled in the wee hours on Saturday in suburban Bandra here. 

"A total of 21 persons including 4 firemen were injured while fighting the flames which broke out last night. They have been admitted to the Bhabha hospital here," a fire official said.

However, no death has been reported so far. But over 2,000 people have lost their homes as hundreds of shanties were destroyed in the blaze, he said.

The family of Rubina, who played the role of young Latika in Danny Boyle's Oscar winning film, watched helplessly as their dwelling unit in the crowded slum went up in flames.

"We all were at home watching TV, when a neighbour came to alert us about the fire. We all rushed out. We spent the entire night at the railway station. I have lost everything including books and precious belongings like photographs, newspaper clippings and memorabilia of the film," the 12-year-old child artiste said.

"So far nobody has come to help us," she rued.

Rubina's father Rafiq said, "We feel relieved to see that all our family members are safe. But all the good memories of my daughter's fame have been reduced to ashes. We have lost everything."

The fire broke out in Garib Nagar slums near Bandra (East) railway station at around 2020 hours yesterday after which 34 fire engines and 16 jumbo water tankers were rushed to the spot.

The flames were doused around 12.30 am. The exact cause of the fire has not been established but initial reports say five gas cylinders exploded in the slums due to which the fire spread quickly, the official said.

In June 2009, a similar fire broke out in the vicinity of Behrampada, claiming several lives.


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  • Rocky, INDIA

    Sat, Mar 05 2011

    Lloyd D'souza, you are absolutely right.

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  • Neville, Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 05 2011

    It's really look like filmy story.
    Some political person has tied up with local builder for this.

    really disgusting...

    Please try to help the victims or pray for the victims and their family.

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  • avani, mangalore/uae

    Sat, Mar 05 2011

    What surprises me is that the girl who acted in "Slumdog..." was still in slum. I have seen news during february 2009 that she will be provided with a flat in Mumbai. (Infact each child artist in the movie was suppose to get a flat as per the news). The announcement was from both Govt and the film prducers. What happened after that? why she was staying in slum even after 2 years of that news? Why cant our media think in this direction and do some fruitful investigations instead of always going behind non issues. Thanx

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  • ajid, mumbai

    Sat, Mar 05 2011

    As every one know about the Bandra land it is one of the expensive land in mumbai, and most of the eyes on that land we can,t say this is just incident i can guess 100% behind of this incident belongs to political hand.

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  • rpdsouza, agra

    Sat, Mar 05 2011

    Though the incident is horrific yet it reveals a sordid tale of the municipal corporation,s sheer negligence in allowing this slum to not only to exist but even proliferate to the detriment of the common citizens and more specifically the rail commuters who are now greatly inconvenienced with the collapse of the rail overbridge under which the slum had spread and consumed in the fire.

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  • Lloyd D'souza, Dubai/Surathkal

    Fri, Mar 04 2011

    Its a Plan to vacate nearly 2,000 houses from this slum area by any powerful business political guy.

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  • Adarsh Gopalan, Kerala

    Fri, Mar 04 2011

    I think this is pre planned fire, Some minister has done this.

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    Fri, Mar 04 2011

    O my did this happen?

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