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Three charred in southwest Delhi blaze

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 23, 2012
First Published: 23:18 IST(23/11/2012) | Last Updated: 23:19 IST(23/11/2012)

Three persons, including a seven-month-old girl child, were charred to death and three others were injured in an LPG-triggered fire at their house in southwest Delhi's Dabri on Thursday night.

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According to Delhi Fire Services (DFS) officials, the incident was reported from the Madhu Vihar residence of Ramakant Kumar, a driver, around 9pm. Leakage from a small LPG-based cooking stove is suspected to have triggered the blaze.

"The victims have been identified as Ramakant's mother Ramwati, 68, and nieces Laxmi, 6, and seven-month-old Akansha. While his wife Ruchi suffered 90% burns, Ramakant and one of his relatives, Kishan, suffered minor injuries," said a DFS official.

According to fire officials, Ramakant's sister Ritu and her husband Rajnish had gone to his house along with their two daughters Laxmi and Akansha before paying a visit to a local temple and left their children in the care of their maternal grandmother.  

Ruchi was cooking food inside the house on a small gas cylinder. The liquefied petroleum gas was leaking from the cylinder while her stove was on. All of sudden, the whole room caught fire, the DFS said.

"We received a call and immediately sent two fire tenders vehicles to the spot. Within minutes, the fire was doused," said a fire official.

The injured were rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital where Ramwati, Laxmi, and Akansha were declared brought dead.

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