One dies af­ter mas­sive fire breaks out at res­i­den­tial build­ing in Ghazi­abad

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GHAZI­ABAD: An el­derly man was charred to death while his son sus­tained se­vere burn in­juries in a mas­sive fire that broke out at the high rise res­i­den­tial build­ing on late Satur­day night in Loni area of Ghazi­abad.

Po­lice said that the fam­ily lived at first floor of the build­ing which caught fire due to short cir­cuit in the elec­tric me­ter at ground floor.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the blaze started around 2 am in DLF Ankur Vi­har colony of the area. The vic­tim iden­ti­fied as Su­nil Sa­gar (50), was charred to death while his 22-year-old son, Ro­hit re­ceived crit­i­cal burn in­juries and he has been re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at Guru Teg Ba­hadur hos­pi­tal in New Delhi. Res­i­dents of the build­ing said that the fire erupted af­ter a nearby elec­tri­cal trans­former ex­ploded which caused a short cir­cuit in the elec­tric me­ter of build­ing. Nearly half a dozen two wheel­ers were also gut­ted in the fire which turned vi­o­lent and the flames spread to up­per floors of the build­ing.

At the time of the in­ci­dent, the res­i­dents were sleep­ing in their flats.

Flats sit­u­ated at lower floors were more af­fected by the flames. Some­how, the res­i­dents man­aged to flee the smoke-filled build­ing and tried to douse the flames but the flames turned vi­o­lent.

Res­i­dents al­leged neg­li­gence on the part of the fire de­part­ment, say­ing that de­spite re­peated calls made to the fire SOS num­ber, no one re­sponded for more than an hour.

They also said that such a mas­sive im­pact of the fire could have been avoided if they had re­sponded on time.

“Act­ing upon the in­for­ma­tion con­veyed, po­lice team reached the spot and the blaze was brought un­der con­trol af­ter nearly an hour of wa­ter sprin­kling by fire ten­ders. An el­derly per­son has died in the in­ci­dent whose body was sent for the post mortem while few per­sons who re­ceived burn in­juries were ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal,” said San­jay Verma, Sta­tion House Of­fi­cer of Loni po­lice sta­tion.

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