Jamshedpur: At least six people were killed and four others injured on Sunday when a fire broke out in a house where a large quantity of firecrackers were stored illegally in East Singhbhum district, a senior police officer said.
Superintendent of Police (SP) (Rural) Prabhat Kumar said six people were killed when a fire broke out at the house at Kumardubi village, about 85-km from Jameshedpur, under Ghatshila sub-division A wall of the house collapsed in the fire and some people are feared trapped under it, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) (Ghatsila) Arvind Kumar Lal said.
The SDO said at least four to five people are still trapped under the debris even as efforts are on to douse the flames.Intermittent bursting of firecrackers are still taking place, he said, adding that the injured have been admitted to a hospital.”A large quantity of firecrackers were stored as well as being manufactured illegally. Somehow, the stored firecrackers caught fire,” Lal said
One of the victim was identified as Parvati Shankra, who was the mother of the owner of the house, he said.Though the firecracker blasts are still taking place intermittently, the fire has been “limited”, the SDO said.”Two fire engines are at the spot, and two others have been rushed from Jamshedpur and one from Ghatsila,” said East Singhbhum district Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar.