Mumbai: ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ child star Rubina Ali’s home and all her awards won for the Oscar-winning film were destroyed in a major fire that raged through a crowded slum in Mumbai on Friday.

The fire that erupted in the Garib Nagar slum left at least 21 people injured and rendered over 2,000 people including Rubina’s family homeless.

The family of 12-year-old Rubina, who played the role of young poverty-stricken Latika in Danny Boyle's celebrated film, watched helplessly as their tin-roofed one-room shack in the crowded slum went up in flames.

Rubina was an eight-year old during the making of the rags-to-riches blockbuster which won eight Oscars in 2009.

"We all were at home watching TV, when a neighbour came to alert us about the fire. We all rushed out. We spent the entire night at the railway station. I have lost everything including books and precious belongings like awards, photographs, newspaper clippings and memorabilia from the success of the film," the child artiste said.

"So far nobody has come to help us," she rued.

Rubina's father Rafiq said, "We feel relieved to see that all our family members are safe. But all the good memories of my daughter's fame have been reduced to ashes. We have lost everything."

The child star said the family was yet to move into a new apartment paid for by a trust set up Boyle.

The fire also swept through hundreds of tenements near railway tracks where Ali continued to live even after gaining global recognition.

They have been admitted to the Bhabha hospital here," a fire official said. The fire was controlled a little past midnight, the official added.

The flames were doused around 12.30 am. The exact cause of the fire has not been established but initial reports say five gas cylinders exploded in the slums due to which the fire spread quickly, the official said.

In June 2009, a similar fire broke out in the vicinity of Behrampada, claiming several lives.


(Agency)