At least six persons were killed and several others are feared trapped inside the debris after a two-storeyed residential building collapsed due to a suspected LPG cylinder blast near Ejipura in Bengaluru. Bengaluru development minister KJ George also announced that the state government will adopt the girl whose parents died in the collapse.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said that it was unlikely that the buildings collapsed due to blast as cylinders on both ground and first floor had no gas in them, according to ANI. However, the Karnataka Home Minister has negated the assumption of cylinder blast behind the building collapse. Bengaluru Mayor R Sampath Raj, however, said four families were residing in the building.
The incident is believed to have taken place at 7 am on Monday, and the building has reportedly been reduced to rubble. The Karnataka government has made a decision to adopt the girl who lost her parents in the building collapse on Monday.
The Fire Department was alerted around 6.45am when a 50-year-old woman was leaving for work and she heard an explosion.
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Another six people including two children were rescued and rushed to St Philomena's Hospital.
The deceased have been identified as Sharavana (30) and his eight-month-pregnant wife, Ashwini (21), Kalavathi (68), Hariprasad (19), Ravichandran (48) and Pawan Kalyan (18). Almost 40 fire services personnel are carrying out the rescue operations.
Gunesh had rented the building to four families, he added.