Two burnt alive,Seven rescued, as fire engulfs apartment in Bengaluru,Gas leak suspected
In a horrific incident,a fire broke out at a flat in an apartment complex in Devarachikkanahalli near Bannerghatta Road on Tuesday evening, leaving an aged mother and her daughter burnt alive in a ablaze of fire.
The deceased have been identified as Bhagyarekha, 59,and her mother Lakshmidevi, 82. Bhagyarekha’s husband Bhimsen Rao,62, sustained minor injuries while trying to rescue them,and is being treated at a private hospital.
Eyewitness said,A woman who was ablaze,said to be Bhagyarekha,screaming for help from the balcony that was covered with metal grills,have sent shockwaves through the city.
We came running out after we heard an explosion-like sound to find fire bellowing out of a second floor flat.
A woman, who was on fire,was screaming for help from the balcony. The balcony was grilled and hence nobody could intervene and save her, an eye-witness and a resident of a neighbouring apartment,told reporters.
We heard an explosion around 4.15 p.m,when I was in an online meeting.We immediately rushed out,and saw the flat on fire.We got everyone evacuated from the apartment,one of the residents of the apartment told media persons.
The cause of the fire was not ascertained. Though initially it was suspected to be a cylinder blast, it was later ruled out.
Bhagyarekha lived with her husband and mother in flat 210, next door to her daughter, who lived in flat 211.
Bhagyarekha and Bhimsen Rao had been to the United States of America visiting their other daughter six months ago, and returned home only on Monday night.
Through the six months,flat 210 was locked, while Lakshmidevi lived with her grand daughter next door, said Bommanahalli MLA, Satish Reddy, who visited the spot and spoke to the family members.
The couple slept at their daughter’s house on Monday night,and rested most of Tuesday, recovering from jetlag.
On Tuesday afternoon, Bhagyarekha and her mother Lakshmidevi went to their flat to clean and reoccupy it, while Mr. Rao was sleeping in his daughter’s house when the incident happened.
Bhagyarekha called her daughter saying there was a fire.As she and Mr.Rao rushed to save them next door with a fire extinguisher, fire had engulfed the flat and they couldn’t go in,Mr. Reddy said.Mr.Rao suffered minor burns on his forehead, and his hair got burnt a bit.
Senior Fire officer said who visited the spot and after inspecting the spot he said that, A woman and her daughter were charred to death after a domestic cylinder exploded in a residential apartment complex in Devarachikkanahalli in BTM Layout on Tuesday evening. Several others have been injured.
The incident took place around 4.35pm at Aspire Apartments, Devarachiknahalli near BTM Layout in which two persons have died and we are investigating further to ascertain the real cause behind the fire he added.