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Child among 7 killed as LPG cylinder explodes in West Delhi building

The blast brought a portion of the structure down trapping those inside; building owner among those injured, case registered against him

SNS | New Delhi |

Seven people lost their lives on Thursday after an LPG cylinder blast in a building in West Delhi’s Sudarshan Park where work related to ceiling fans was being carried out. The cylinder blast brought a portion of the structure down, said the police.

The fire department received a call in this regard around 8.50 pm and eight fire tenders, along with ambulances, were rushed to the spot, said the police.

“The incident took place in Sudarshan Park area after an LPG cylinder blast. Seven people have died. The building comprises ground and the first floors,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Monika Bhardwaj told reporters.

The police said 15 people were rescued and shifted to Acharya Bhikshu hospital. Seven of them died and four, who were critical, have been shifted to Safdarjung hospital. A few more persons were feared trapped under the debris, said the police.

The owner of the building was among the injured, they said, adding that the building comprising a ground and first floor was located in a congested area and it was being used for painting ceiling fans.

Quoting Manish, who witnessed the tragedy unfold and also helped the team with rescue operations, a PTI report said the building suffered a partial damage.

“Fifteen persons were rescued and rushed to Acharya Bhikshu hospital in front of me,” he said.

Along with the police and a Delhi Fire Service team, an NDRF team was also at the spot carrying out rescue operations.

The police are investigating the incident after registering a case against the owner of the factory under relevant sections of the IPC.

On January 20 last year, at least 17 people died after a fire broke out in an illegal firecracker factory in Bawana industrial area.

(With agency inputs)