New Delhi: A major fire broke out in a slum area of Malad in Mumbai, news agency ANI reported on Sunday. At least four fire tenders present at the spot. More details are awaited.

The rescue operation has started. No casualties or injuries have been reported yet. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Panic gripped in the area due to the unfortunate incident. A thick cloud of smoke was seen emanating from the far.

In an earlier incident, a major fire broke out at Mangaldas Market of Kalbadevi area in Mumbai. The cause of the fire was not ascertained and there were no reports of any casualty.

In September, a fire broke out in Malad West’s Somwari Bazar in Mumbai. The cause of the fire was not been ascertained and there are no reports of any casualty.

The Somwari Bazar fire has come a few days after at least four persons, including an elderly woman, were suffocated to death and 14 others injured when a massive fire swept through a highrise building in the city, officials had said.

The fire, which broke out on the 12th floor of the 17-storied Crystal Tower building located in Parel, was doused after about eight-hour struggle. The flames quickly spread to the 13th floor and adjacent flats and trapped many of the 100-plus residents in the building.

Before the Parel building fire, another fire had erupted in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) refinery at Mahul in Chembur which injured at least 43 persons.

According to locals and eyewitnesses, the fire, which was followed by a loud explosion, with thick black smoke emanating, was visible from several kilometres away, while the blast was heard in places as far as Powai and Sion.