4 injured in blaze following cylinder explosion in Pune slum

Pune: Four persons were today injured in a fire that broke out in a slum here following an explosion of a domestic gas cylinder, in which a number of dwellings were also gutted, police said.

The fire, in the Mangalwar Peth area, started when an LPG cylinder exploded in a house and spread, leading to several similar blasts in the adjoining structures, they added.

"During the fire, 12 LPG cylinders exploded and 15 tenements were gutted and 40 to 45 (tenements) received damages ," said Assistant Commissioner of Police Kishor Naik.

Four persons sustained minor burn injuries and the cause of fire is yet to be ascertained, the officer said. After around four hours, the blaze was brought under control with the fire brigade's efforts aided by a light
shower that the city had late afternoon.

Meanwhile, fire brigade officials said they received a call at 2 PM and 15 fire brigade vehicles were pressed into service.

"It took one and half hours to douse the fire and the people living in the colony have been shifted to a nearby school," they added.

City Mayor Prashant Jagtap said the Pune Municipal Corporation has ordered a probe into the fire and sought a report from the Fire department in this regard.

"We have sought the report from the fire department within next couple of days," Jagtap said.

He said the civic body has given directions to rebuild the tenements, which were either gutted or damaged in the blaze.

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