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Secunderabad godown fire: 11 migrant workers from Bihar killed in massive blaze

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao, expressing shock over the incident, announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for those who died. Rao also directed Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to make arrangements for the repatriation of their bodies to their native places.

By: Express News Service | Hyderabad |
Updated: March 23, 2022 10:59:13 am
Secunderabad Godown Fire, Telangana FireFire fighters work to put out the blaze in Secunderabad Wednesday (Video screengrab)

At least 11 people were killed in a massive fire that engulfed a timber godown at Bhoiguda in Secunderabad in the early hours of Wednesday. The fire was reportedly caused by a short circuit at about 4 am, which caused a gas cylinder to explode, and within a few minutes the entire godown, which also had sawdust, caught fire trapping workers who were sleeping inside.

While 4-5 workers managed to escape, the rest were brunt alive. One rescued person is in critical condition at the Gandhi Hospital.

The deceased are migrant workers from Chapra district in Bihar. They were identified as Bittu, Sikander, Dipak, Pankaj, Rajesh, Raju, Chintu, Dinesh, Satyander and Damodar.

Police Commissioner C V Anand said they had been coming to work at the godown for the last three years, and were receiving Rs 12,000 as salary per month. “As they were unable to get rooms for rent nearby, they were staying in a room on the first floor of the godown. Some of the deceased died in their sleep after inhaling the smoke.

“Electrical and plastic cables caught fire in the godown due to which the fire spread very quickly. All the people were trapped on the first floor with no escape. One youth named Prem managed to jump and was injured. He is recovering at Gandhi Hospital. The manner in which the scrap. including the electrical and plastic cables, were carelessly stored in the godown is illegal. If the owner of the godown is found to have violated any rules, action would be taken against him,” Anand added.

The fire also engulfed an adjoining scrap godown. Fire officials from at least eight rescue teams battled the blaze for about an hour to bring it under control. The operation is ongoing.

The godown is located at Bansilalpet of Bhoiguda.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was pained by the loss of lives, and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from PM’s National Relief Fund to the next of kin of the deceased.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao, expressing shock over the incident, announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for those who died. Rao also directed Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to make arrangements for the repatriation of their bodies to their native places.

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