Fire kills 5 bar employees in India

Fire broke out at Bengaluru's Kailash Bar and Restaurant

At least 5 people were killed after a fire broke out at the Kailash bar-cum-restaurant in the Kalasipalya area of Bengaluru during the early hours of Monday.

The fire broke out at the restaurant at around 2.30 am when all the five employees who died in the blaze were sleeping inside the premises.

RV Dayashankar, the owner of Kailash bar restaurant in Kumbaara Sangha building, absconding after a call from the Bengaluru police, reported ANI. "While two of the victims died because of the burns they had suffered, three died because of asphyxiation", R Ramalinga Reddy, Karnataka's home minister, said after visiting the site early Monday morning. Police has sent the bodies to the city's Victoria Hospital for post mortem.

"This is a 70-year old building where the incident happened". Fire and smoke was noticed by some persons at around 2.30 AM and fire services were pressed into action.

The incident comes a little over a week after a deadly fire killed 14 people at a popular nightspot in Mumbai, the Kamala Mills compound.

The reason for the fire is yet to be ascertained. Police identified the victims as Swami (23), Prasad (20), Mahesh, all residents of Tumakuru, Manjunath (45) from Hassan and Keerthi (24) from Mandya.

Kailash Bar and Restaurant, which was gutted in the fire.

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