Six persons including two children were killed and 31 were injured in two separate cooking gas cylinder blasts in different parts of Delhi Monday, said police. Both the blasts triggered fires.
Three persons died and 11, including four children, were injured when two houses collapsed following the cylinder blast in one of them in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar area, said police sources.
The incident took place at about 8 pm, said fire department officials.
The second cylinder blast and fire was reported at about 8.30 pm from Sunlight Colony in south east Delhi, said fire department officials.
This claimed the lives of three persons, including two children, and 20 people were injured, said police sources.
Police identified the deceased as Rajesh Goyal, Poonam and Soni Ram, all of one family.
The injured include Naina (4), Girish (6), Krish (12), Naushad (8), Sonu Kashyap (60), Ahmad and Abbas (their ages could not be immediately ascertained).
Police were yet to identify the other injured persons when reports last came in.
Seven fire tenders were rushed to the spot after the incident, said a fire official. According to senior officials, following the blast, the walls of the house collapsed.
“Walls of the opposite house also collapsed in the impact of the explosion. The two houses were rented by persons identified as Arun and Jitender, both tenants of one Sanjay,” one of the officials said.
Police said among the injured identified so far, Ahmad, Abbas and an eight-year-old boy were either passing by or had come to the area for work.
The victims were rushed to a hospital in Ashram locality. Three of them were declared dead on arrival, said sources. The injured were referred to Safdarjung Hospital, the sources added. Five of the injured were admitted to the ICU.
Fire spread in the residential complex following the blast. Several fire tenders were rushed to the spot to control the blaze.