One more dies in Delhi fire incident

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New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) A 42-year-old woman succumbed to her burn injuries on Tuesday, taking the toll in a fire incident in the capital to four.

The woman, Meenakshi, was admitted along with 22 other injured people to Safdarjung Hospital after a fire broke out due to a cylinder explosion at a building in Bhagwan Nagar Colony in south Delhi around 8.20 p.m. on Monday night.

Police said Meenakshi succumbed to her injuries around 3 a.m. on Tuesday.

Three people, including a woman and two children, were burnt to death in the fire.

A police officer said that three of the 22 injured are still in critical condition, while seven are being treated in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) with over 60 percent burn injuries.

“The fire broke out due to an electrical short circuit on the first floor of the building which led to a cylinder explosion. The fire soon spread to other two floors of the building within minutes,” the officer said.

In another fire incident on Monday, three people, including a woman, were killed while 11 others received burn injuries in a fire that broke out after a cylinder explosion in a residential building in East Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar.

Police said the fire started from the house of Sanjay Kashyap, an advocate, where some labourers were cooking food on the second floor of the house.

The walls of the house in which the cylinder exploded and one opposite it collapsed under the impact of the explosion, police added.

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