At least seven people were killed and many feared trapped after a two-storey house collapsed due to a suspected LPG cylinder blast in Bengaluru’s Ejipura area on Monday morning.
Personnel of the Fire brigade and National Disaster Response Force, who rushed to the spot, recovered the bodies including that of two women.
Two of the deceased have been identified as Kalavathi (68) and Ravichandran (30). Two children, who were rescued from the debris were out
of danger, police said.
Eye-witnesses said the blast took place at around 7 am They said a noise of the blast was heard and the 20 year-old building was reduced to rubble.
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Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy ruled out reports that a cylinder blast triggered the collapse. “Cylinders on both ground and first floor had no gas in them, so it is unlikely that the buildings collapsed due to a blast,” he said.
The state government announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured. A girl who was rescued from the debris had severe burn injuries on her. Bengaluru Development Minister K J George said the government would adopt the girl and take care of her expenses.