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Cylinder blast in Bengaluru kills pregnant woman, 6 others

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Published Oct 17, 2017, 2:42 am IST
Updated Oct 17, 2017, 8:14 am IST
A 26-year-old woman, who was eight months pregnant, was killed along with her young husband.
 Fire personnel carrying out rescue work after a building collapsed due to a suspected cylinder blast at Ejipura area in Bengaluru on Monday. (Photo: PTI)
  Fire personnel carrying out rescue work after a building collapsed due to a suspected cylinder blast at Ejipura area in Bengaluru on Monday. (Photo: PTI)

Bengaluru: Adding to the misery of incessant rains, the city saw a portion of  a two-storey building in Ejipura crumbling in the face of an explosion early Monday morning. It’s suspected to have been triggered by an LPG cylinder leak, and claimed the life of a 26-year-old woman, who was eight months pregnant and her young husband as well as five others. The dead young couple’s three-year-old daughter miraculously survived with a few burns.  The building was reduced to rubble within seconds of the explosion, which occurred around 6.45 am to the screams of terror stricken occupants. “A thick blanket of yellow smoke covered the building and surrounding area. Then an electricity pole came crashing down, sparking as a wall of the building fell on it,” said one eyewitness. 

A 26-year-old woman, who was eight months pregnant, was killed along with her young husband and five others when an explosion,  suspected to have been triggered by an LPG cylinder leak, brought down a portion of  a two-storey building in Ejipura early Monday morning. The young couple’s three- year- old daughter  miraculously survived with a few injuries.

 

According to eyewitnesses, the portion of the building was reduced to rubble within seconds of the explosion, which occurred at around 6.45 am amidst screams and howls of the occupants.

“A thick blanket of yellow smoke  covered the building and the surrounding area. Then  an electricity pole came crashing down, giving off  sparks as a wall of the building fell on it. A few occupants saved themselves by jumping off the building and a few fell down along with the shattered walls and roof,” said one eyewitness.

The impact of the explosion was such that it left window panes of neighbouring houses shattered and people living  in nearby streets said it  was heard  500 meters away. Around 14 people were present in the building when it collapsed and most were thought to be asleep at the time.

 

Over 50 personnel of the Fire and Emergency Services, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force and Civil Defence  rushed to the spot to begin the search and rescue operations at around 7.30 am and continued till  2.30 pm. Besides pulling out four bodies from the rubble, they rescued many people from it,  including  three-year-old Sanjana, who was trapped on the ground floor.  Her young parents, Ashwini (26) and Shravana (28) did not survive the incident.

The family lived on the ground floor and the  couple was buried in the debris. It took the rescue team seven hours to pull out the bodies from the rubble. The other dead have been identified as Ravichandar (46), Kalavathi (68), Malashree (25), Prasad (18), Pawan Kalyan (19).

 

Besides Sanjana, those who got away with injuries are  Chitra (42), Priya (12), Janaki (31), Ashokan (51), Dileep (18) and Asha (21). They are being treated at a hospital.

Going by the neighbours, the building had three apartments on the ground floor , three on the first and one on the second. It was occupied by four families in all.

DCP (Central), Chandragupta said the building belonged to one Mr Gunesh,  who had rented it to the four families. “The building appears to have collapsed due to a LPG cylinder explosion. Its structure seems weak. We will know more once we complete the investigation,” he added.

 

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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