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    Default Mumbai: Massive fire hits train services

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    A massive fire engulfed the slum enclave of Behrampada in Bandra East, north west Mumbai , abutting the Bandra railway station.

    Twenty-six fire engines and 12 large 'jumbo' tankers were summoned to the site of the fire.

    A staffer at the fire brigade station at Bandra Reclamation described the fire as a "brigade call."

    "This means," he added, "that the fire is absolutely out of control as of now."

    The tankers have already run out of water trying to douse the fire, a fire brigade source added, compelling the vehicles to seek replenishments.

    While certain services on the Central Railway's Harbour Line -- that connects the north western suburb of Andheri to the distant Navi Mumbai area of Panvel -- were suspended, the Western Railway continued to run its operations.

    Volunteers from the Behrampada area along with the Railway Police and Home Guards pressed into service were helping residents move to safety.

    "We don't know the actual cause of the fire, but it is huge and a lot of people could have lost their lives," a local volunteer told

    "We are trying our best to move the public to a safer place," an exasperated constable from the Railway Police added.

    Local authorities tried to evacuate the railway station even as scores of passengers and onlookers crowded to watch the raging fire.

    The only motorable road that leads to the station from the Western Express Highway is no broader than two lanes. Hawkers and parked vehicles line the entire stretch even as pedestrians and autorickshaws try hard to negotiate their way around them.
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