Three persons were killed when a three-storey building undergoing renovation in the Bawamanpura area of Vadodara city collapsed after midnight on Tuesday. One person was rescued alive.
A team of 30 fire officers of the Vadodara Fire and Emergency Services Department (VFES) rushed to the spot after receiving a call after 1 am and pulled out four persons trapped inside the debris in a night-long operation. They were rushed to the city’s SSG hospital but only one of them survived.
Slabs of the building also crushed several vehicles parked on the facing main road.
The three deceased were construction workers, who were staying in the building for renovation and restructuring work. They have been identified as Ritu Patel (19), Vakita Kamlesh Patel (28) and Pradeep Patel (18) — all residents of Banswada in Rajasthan. The one survivor is Kamlesh (30), Vakita’s husband.
According to locals, the building was originally at least three decades old and undergoing renovation. The building, locals said, was under construction for over six months after the owner hired a local contractor to reconstruct the structure into a commercial shop on the ground floor and a three-storey residential space.
Parth Brahmabhatt, Chief Fire Officer of Vadodara said, “The four persons were trapped under the slab and the operation went on for almost three hours where we had to use our technical expertise to lift up the slab to pull them out. All injured were shifted to SSG hospital and one of them has survived. He told us that there were only four people inside as against locals claiming that there could have been more people. All the victims were masons.”
“We heard a loud sound like a crash. When we came to our window we could not see anything through the dust that had engulfed the road. We realised that the building had collapsed and most of us were wondering if it was a quake. Some locals had rushed to see if anyone could be pulled out from there. In a matter of minutes, with the sirens of the fire tenders and the ambulance almost everyone was on the road,” an eye witness said.
The city police have registered a case of accidental death and are on a lookout for the contractor and the owner.
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