Hindustan Times (Delhi)

13 vehicles gutted in two fires in E Delhi

- HT Correspond­ent htreporter­s@hindustant­imes.com

Around 13 vehicles were charred as fires broke out at two places in Shahdara on Sunday.

A private tourist bus and a mini bus were gutted after a fire broke out in the former, in east Delhi’s Geeta Colony on Sunday morning.

The mini bus, owned by Vaid Vishambar Singh, was parked next to the tourist bus that belonged to one Deepak Soni.

According to fire department officials, the blaze was apparently caused by a short circuit in the tourist bus, and the wind caused the blaze to spread .

However, Vishambhar Singh pointed fingers at the tourist bus driver Panchdev, as he and his friends were smoking inside the bus around the time of incident. The Geeta Colony police are looking into the allegation­s.

“Around 8.30am on Sunday, the fire engulfed the tourist bus and soon spread to the mini bus too. Locals called the fire and police control rooms. Two fire tenders arrived and controlled the flames in an hour,” said a police officer.

In another incident, five cars, three tempos and three handcarts were burnt in a fire that broke out this afternoon in an open area in Gandhi Nagar .

The fire broke out around 3.45pm, apparently in the pile of logs kept near the parked vehicles, a senior police officer said.

Eight fire tenders were rushed to douse the flames.

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