Hyderabad: 6 killed in fire in cooler godown

By: | Updated: February 22, 2017 10:12 AM

At least six persons were killed after a devastating fire broke out in cooler godown in Hyderabad, according to ANI report.

At least six persons were killed after a devastating fire broke out in cooler godown in Hyderabad, according to ANI report.

Six persons were killed after a devastating fire broke out in cooler godown in Hyderabad, according to ANI report. It has been learned that 6 bodies were recovered from the spot. Four fire tenders have manged to douse the flame. The cause behind the fire is yet to be ascertained. There were number of fire-related incidents in factories across the country. At around 5 AM a police team noticed flames erupting from the unit. They soon alerted Fire department officials as the blaze spread rapidly, a senior police officer said. “The fire has been extinguished with the help of four fire engines. The six bodies have been taken out and sent to state-run Osmania General Hospital for post-mortem,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shamshabad Zone) P V Padmaja told PTI. All the deceased belonged to Chhattisgarh and Bihar, the official said.

The unit, which manufacture air coolers and battery operated vehicles is surrounded by residential area. Usually four workers are present at the unit but yesterday two more had joined them, she said. The DCP further said the owner of the unit has been taken into custody. According to the preliminary investigation, the owner had not taken the minimum required precautions. “A case of negligence will be registered,” the senior officer said, adding that the probe is underway to determine the exact cause of the fire.

This comes days after a fire broke out in the Government Victoria General Hospital here this evening, but there was no casualty, fire service personnel said. The blaze started on the first floor of the medical facility (popularly called Gosha Hospital), triggering panic among patients, who were swiftly shifted to safer places, they said, adding no one was injured.

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Fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and put out the inferno within few minutes. Three baby warmers and as many AC machines on the first floor were gutted, the fire service personnel said, adding cause of the blaze was being ascertained. Speaking to the media, hospital superintendent K Padmaleela said equipment worth Rs 30 lakh were in the medical facility and they were yet to verify the extent of the damage.

A few days ago, three workers died of asphyxiation when a fire broke out in a shoe factory in Krishna Colony in Hansi today, about 26 km from here, police had said. The incident took place around 1.30 AM when the workers were sleeping on the factory premises.

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