At least three people were killed in a gas cylinder blast that shattered a residential building in the city’s southern suburb early on Monday, a police official said.
“An LPG cylinder exploded on the ground floor of a two-storeyed building sometime between 6 and 7 a.m. in Ejipura area. The building collapsed,” an official from the Commissioner of Police office told IANS.
“So far three persons have been found dead. We have rescued four persons from the debris, while two others have been rushed to a nearby hospital.”
An official from the Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services said at least four more were suspected to be trapped under the debris.
Some 40 fire services personnel were carrying out the rescue operations, the official added.
State Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy visited the site.