At least six people have been killed in the Indian city of Bangaluru, while several others may be trapped as a result of a collapse of a residential building, local media reported Monday. Three fire-fighters were also injured when a wall caved in on them while they were clearing the debris to pull out those trapped, the police said, adding that they had been shifted to a nearby hospital.
Initial reports claimed that the collapse happened due to a cylinder blast, but Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy later confirmed that this was not the case.
Bengaluru development minister KJ George announced that a compensation of Rs 5 lakh will be given to the kin of the deceased.
Fire personnel rescuing a child after a building collapsed due to a suspected cylinder blast at Ejipura area in Bangalore on Monday. The minor girl was rescued from the debris but she lost both her parents in the building collapse incident.
The incident took place at around 7:00 a.m.in the morning.More news: Dianne Feinstein, oldest USA senator, announces reelection bid
"A LPG cylinder exploded on the ground floor of a two-storey building".
Personnel of the Fire brigade and National Disaster Response Force, who rushed to the spot, recovered the bodies including that of two women.
The injured, rescued from the rubble, were admitted to hospitals.
Two of the deceased have been identified as Kalavathi (68) and Ravichandran (30).
Gunesh had rented the building to four families, he added. Almost 40 fire services personnel are carrying out the rescue operations.