- Fire officials suspect gas leak to be behind incident in Bengaluru
Seven persons were killed when a two-storey building in the congested bylanes of Ejipura collapsed into a mound of rubble on Monday morning following a gas cylinder blast. Seven persons sustained injuries in the incident.Miraculously, a three-year-old girl, Sanjana, survived the building crash that killed her parents. She was sleeping next to a sturdy cupboard that saved her.
For three hours, rescuers used heavy machines to remove the tonnes of debris and household material that marked the site of the tragedy. Suddenly, the plaintive cries of a child were heard.Fire and Emergency Services officials removed concrete slabs with their hands and eventually, a frail Sanjana, scarred by burns, was pulled out around 10 a.m.
Fire officials suspect that gas from a cylinder started leaking in the building, which was home to four families. Around 6.30 a.m. neighbours heard an explosion, and subsequently the building collapsed. By 2.30 p.m., the bodies of those dead were recovered.“We heard a loud blast and we rushed out of our homes around 6.40 a.m.” said Vinod Kumar, who lives in the house opposite the building.