Explosion in India on December 07 2015 06:07 PM (UTC).
Dramatic video footage and pictures posted on Twitter showed thick black smoke billowing above Kandivali slum after more than a dozen liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders exploded in quick succession. The fire brigade and police are trying to remove the slum dwellers safely from the area. Around 16 fire engines, including seven jumbo tankers, were pressed into action along with 11 ambulances and two emergency medical service units. The extent of damage could be huge as the area is densely populated. Such a fire is higher in intensity than a category one fire, for which a lesser number of fire tenders need to be sent. The deceased person was charred beyond recognition and has not been identified yet but the injured have been admitted to nearby Shatabdi hospital, DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni said. Around 700 slum houses were destroyed. The place is said to house a godown of various items. According to Times Now, the cooking gas cylinders were allegedly stored in a godown and the building is adjacent to the Western Express Highway. Officials stated that the fire was caused by a cylinder blast. "The area is an uphill colony with narrow lanes. Fire tenders could not reach the blast site, due to the congestion from the hutments and rooms constructed", the officer added. Broadcaster NDTV reported two people died in the fire in a northern suburb and a Reuters photographer said he saw one body in the wreckage.