Blaze at Sohna house kills two, 1 hurt

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB&HARYANA - Ab­hishek Behl

GU­RU­GRAM: Two per­sons were killed af­ter a fire broke out at a house in main mar­ket of Sohna town on Thurs­day af­ter­noon. It is sus­pected that the fire started be­cause of weld­ing work be­ing car­ried out on the ground floor of the house. It soon en­gulfed the build­ing as a large quan­tity of paint was stored there. Four fire ten­ders from Sohna, Gu­ru­gram and Nuh were pressed into ser­vice to douse the fire, of­fi­cials said.

De­spite stren­u­ous efforts by the res­cue of­fi­cials, two per­sons, iden­ti­fied as Su­man, wife of Ravi Madan, who owns the house, and car­pen­ter Nain Singh could not be res­cued. They suc­cumbed to their in­juries. An­other per­son, iden­ti­fied as San­jay, suf­fered se­vere burns in the in­ci­dent and is un­der treat­ment at Delhi’s Saf­dur­jung hos­pi­tal.

Eye­wit­nesses said that due to pres­ence of paint, thin­ner and other in­flammable ma­te­ri­als, the fire en­gulfed the build­ing within min­utes and turned ev­ery­thing into cin­der. The owner told the po­lice that all the valu­ables, in­clud­ing cash, jewellery and other items, were de­stroyed.

Although it has not been con­firmed what caused the fire, of­fi­cials said that weld­ing work was be­ing car­ried out in­side the house and it was likely that sparks reached the gas cylin­ders kept in­side the house, which caught fire.

Of­fi­cials later pressed heavy cranes into ser­vice to break the walls of the house so peo­ple still stuck in­side could be res­cued.

A large num­ber of peo­ple in the mar­ket, who had gath­ered at the spot, also tried to res­cue the woman and the car­pen­ter, but noth­ing could be done be­cause of the size­able stock­pile of in­flammable ma­te­rial, the po­lice said.

The Sohna mar­ket was closed af­ter the in­ci­dent.

HT PHOTO

The house in the main mar­ket of Gu­ru­gram’s Sohna town up in flames on Thurs­day.

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