An injured in Friday’s fire incident in Park Circus’s Tiljala area succumbed to her injuries Saturday, taking the death toll to four in the incident which resulted from the explosion of a leaking LPG cylinder inside a house.
After the three deaths reported earlier, which included a three-year-old boy, 52-year-old Tehari Begum succumbed to her burns early morning Saturday at the M R Bangur hospital where she was undergoing treatment, said a senior police official.
There has been no arrest in the case so far. “The main accused, Azad, is injured and undergoing treatment,” informed the official.
The police had earlier confirmed that three members from the same family – Sheikh Sabir (34), Mujibur Rehaman (17) and Tahid (3) – sustained severe burn injuries and died soon after the explosion. Nine persons, including two women, were initially reported to be critically injured with all receiving 75 to 90 per cent burn injuries.
The fire broke out from the explosion of a leaking LPG cylinder which the cook of the local mosque’s head cleric was using in his one-room house. The fire soon spread to three other shanties in the densely-populated area.
Even though fire tenders were pressed into action, they could not reach near the shanties because of congestion with narrow alleys acting as obstruction, according to fire officials. In the end, it was the local residents helped douse the flames with some injuring themselves in the process, the police said.
In a separate incident, a public bus caught fire in Sealdah area of the city later in the day. Two fire tenders rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. In another incident, the main entrance of four-storey building was blocked at Tiljala area after fire broke out due to a short circuit in the meter box. No injuries were reported.