Four persons, including three minors, died after a massive fire broke out at a godown that housed clothes in the Bhopra area of Sahibabad. The Fire department said the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
Sattan (75), Maneesha (15), Nukul (12) and Bheem (10) died in the incident. Police said Sattan was the grandfather of the three deceased children and they lived near the godown.
The parents of the children and an infant brother survived the fire with minor injuries.
“These people lived near the clothes godown and worked in the area. Four victims were charred. We are yet to identify the cause of the fire,” A P Singh, chief fire officer (CFO), said.
The father of the children, Dharmendra, said the fire broke out a little after midnight.
Singh said that Fire department received a call at 12.35 am on Friday. It took them a few hours to bring the fire under control.
“They (the children and the grandfather) were stuck inside when the fire broke out and couldn’t be rescued in time. I don’t know what caused the fire,” he said.
Police said Dharmendra and his family lived on the periphery of the godown. Police said they would often go into the godown at night to keep themselves warm.
Police said prima facie, it appeared to be an accidental fire which was accelerated due to the flammable nature of the clothes stored in the godown. “According to the residents in the area, some people would light a fire in the godown to cook. They said this might have led to the blaze. The other probable cause is that the victims probably fell asleep before putting out the fire,” a police officer said.
Singh said the cause of the fire is being investigated.
Fire department officials expressed concern over a series of fires that have erupted in the Sahibabad industrial area. In December 2013, a massive fire had erupted in a shoe factory, while a fire had gutted a garment factory in November 2013.
“Fire safety is a big issue in this area since the factories often store inflammable material. The workers in these factories live in slums on the periphery of these factories. But often, fire brigades aren’t able to reach the affected areas due to the congestion,” a senior Fire department officer said.
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