A cylinder blast led to the collapse of a building in Ejipura area of Bengaluru, killing seven people. Bengaluru development minister KJ George also announced that the state government will adopt the girl whose parents died in the collapse. Many are feared trapped under the debris. Home minister Ramalinga Reddy has confirmed that three persons have dead in the incident. However, the Karnataka Home Minister has negated the assumption of cylinder blast behind the building collapse.
The residential buildings partially collapsed at a congested locality in Ejipura area of Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka. The blast is said to have occurred on the ground floor and ripped through the first and second floors of one building. They heard a blast and the 20-year-old building was reduced to a pile of rubble.
Another six people including two children were rescued and rushed to St Philomena's Hospital.
The deceased have been identified as Sharavana (30) and his eight-month-pregnant wife, Ashwini (21), who lived in the ground floor of the building, The Hindu reported. Kalavathi and Ravichandran were in the first floor. Six bodies, including that of two women, have been recovered. "The building collapsed", an official from the Commissioner of Police office said. At least 40 fire-fighters and NDRF personnel were engaged in the rescue operations.
He added that five of these were residents of the building itself, while one of the deceased was a neighbour.