6 dead in Bangalore building collapse

Police and rescue workers clear out debris from a building that collapsed following a cylinder explosion in Ejipura Bengaluru. ANI

At least six people lost their lives when four houses collapsed partially in the Ejipura Area due to a cylinder blast, as per an ANI tweet. Three fire-fighters were also injured when a wall caved in on them while they were clearing the debris to pull out those trapped, the police said, adding that they had been shifted to a nearby hospital.

Bengaluru Urban Development Minister K.J. George, who visited the site, told reporters that Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia would be paid to the families of the deceased. A five-year-old girl was among the miraculous rescue, while the parents died in the incident. However, the Karnataka Home Minister has negated the assumption of cylinder blast behind the building collapse. They heard a blast and the 20-year-old building was reduced to a pile of rubble. Fire brigade and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel, who rushed to the spot, recovered the bodies, including those of the three women, the police said.

As per a TOI report, the victims were identified as Sharavana, his eight-month-pregnant wife Ashwini, Kalavathi, Ravichandran, Hariprasad and Pavan Kalyan.

"Two families were residing in the ground floor while one was on the first floor". The fire officials said that the incident occurred around 6.50 am when an LPG gas leak led to an explosion.

The rescue operation is reportedly being carried out by at least 40 firefighters and NDRF personnel.

The family members of the deceased said that there were cracks in the building and the owner Gunesh did not bother to fix it when they repeatedly complained about it.

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