Mumbai (The Hindu): A major fire triggered by multiple cylinder blasts broke out at Behrampada slums outside Bandra railway station during a demolition drive by the civic body on Thursday afternoon.
While no casualties were reported, locals estimated that 200-300 houses were destroyed in the fire that raged on for five hours and brought back the memories of the 2011 blaze which had gutted the locality.
According to eyewitnesses, the fire started in the houses under the ticket counter of Bandra (East), at around 3 p.m.
“We heard an explosion under the counter. The fire then spread towards the station. Some of the houses reached up to the level of the railway foot overbridge were also affected,” Altaf Sheikh, a college student who has grown up in Beherampada, said.
The houses affected lay between the ticket office, railway tracks, and a masjid in the northern side of the locality.
The blaze forced the Western Railway to stop the Harbour Line services between Wadala and Andheri, in both directions, between 4.25 p.m. and 4.50 p.m.
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