Ten women and three children were among 14 people killed in a fire that broke out on the third-floor of a multistorey apartment complex in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad on Tuesday evening. As many as 14 people with burn injuries were hospitalised, it is learnt.
According to officials, the fire broke out around 6 pm at Ashirwad Tower apartment under the Bank More police station jurisdiction, and the blaze was brought under control after a nearly four-hour operation in which nearly 40 fire tenders were used.
Dhanbad district administration shared a press release stating that the fire started on the third floor. “Fourteen people have died. All injured have been rescued and hospitalised.”
Dhanbad Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Singh said: “A total of 14 deaths have been confirmed so far; 10 were women, three children, and one male. We have completed the rescue and also done the combing. The fire-affected area of the building has been cleared. Those who got injured are out of danger.”
Dhanbad Fire Officer Laxman Prasad said: “As per the preliminary information based on my conversation with the security guard of the apartment complex, an oil lamp had caused the fire. However, we are still investigating to verify his claim.”
Prasad said while some were charred to death, many died of suffocation.
Four days ago, five persons, including a doctor couple, were killed in a fire at a nursing home in the district.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to a fire in Dhanbad. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. May the injured recover soon.” He announced ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh for next to kin of each victim and Rs 50,000 to each injured.
Source: The Indian Express
BDST: 1221 HRS, FEB 1, 2023