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140 shanties gutted in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar

Kushinagar/Kanpur (UP), Sun, 14 Apr 2013 ANI

Kushinagar/Kanpur (UP), April 14 (ANI): A raging fire engulfed a slum area in Khushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday, leaving hundreds of people homeless.

Two women were reported dead.

"Fire caught during cooking, two women have died and around 140 shanties have been gutted in fire," said Kishore, a local resident.

The loss of the household upset the sentiments of the poor.

Meanwhile, another massive fire was reported in Kanpur at a cloth warehouse fire began just after midnight and it soon spread quickly across the entire area, as heaps of clothes and cotton were stored inside the warehouse.

Fire officer S. K Kushwaha said the efforts were being made to douse the flames.

"Fire broke out in a godown and is massively spread in the entire building, efforts are being made to douse it, we are trying our best to douse the fire," said S. K Kushwaha.

Although no causalities have been reported so far, the scrap material was damaged extensively. Above all, the smoke from the clothes has polluted the air in the area.

This incident caused much chaos among the families residing in the vicinity and many were advised to vacate and move to safer places.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

In most places across India, fire safety regulations are lax, rarely implemented and not periodically reviewed, which results in the breaking of major fire, resulting in loss of life and property. (ANI)

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