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Karnataka: Death toll in fire accident at Bengaluru cracker shop rises to 14

While 12 people were charred to death on the spot at the shop-cum-godown at Attibele in Anekal Taluk on October 7, two others died while undergoing treatment

PTI Chennai, Bengaluru Published 08.10.23, 09:56 AM
Smoke billows after a fire broke out at a firecracker shop, in Bengaluru, Oct. 7

Smoke billows after a fire broke out at a firecracker shop, in Bengaluru, Oct. 7 PTI

The death toll in the fire accident at a cracker shop near here reached 14 on Sunday following the death of two more people, police sources said.

While 12 people were charred to death on the spot at the shop-cum-godown at Attibele in Anekal Taluk on Saturday, two others died while undergoing treatment today.

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Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar visited the spot on Saturday and announced a compensaton of Rs five lakh each to the deceased.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah expressed grief over the deaths.

Most of those who died were employed at the firecracker godown-cum-shop, police said, adding efforts are being taken to ascertain the identity of the deceased.

The incident occurred around 3.30 pm while unloading firecracker cartons from a transport vehicle.

"Some employees were working inside the shop when the fire broke out," Superintendent of Police (Bengaluru Rural) Mallikarjun Baladandi said.

More than nine fire tenders were pressed into service, which has brought the fire under control," he added.

The shop owner was stockpiling these crackers in view of Navaratri and Deepavali.

The blaze gutted several vehicles parked nearby.

The place where the tragedy occurred is just a few kilometres away from Tamil Nadu border.

According to police, most of the victims hail from Ammalpettai in Dharmapuri district, Vaniyambadi in Tirupattur and Kallakurichi districts in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

The godown owner is also among the injured, police said.

A case has been registered against the owner of the godown owner and one person was arrested.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin offered his condolences to the families of those who died in the mishap and announced a cash relief of Rs 3 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.

In a statement, he said he has deputed his cabinet colleagues R Sakkarapani and Ma Subramanian to oversee the treatment requirements of the injured and coordinate steps for their transfer to Tamil Nadu, as may be the requirement.

The TN CM announced a compensation of Rs one lakh each to the grievously injured and Rs 50,000 to those with simple injuries.

Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by The Telegraph Online staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.

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