A 16-year-old boy, who suffered severe burn injuries in one of the two fires in New Delhi on Monday, succumbed to injuries, taking the combined death toll to eight, police said on Wednesday.
Nikhil Sharma, a Class X student, was returning home from a gym in southeast Delhi’s Sunlight Colony when a fire --followed by a gas cylinder explosion -- broke out in a building.
Sharma, along with 16 others, was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries yesterday. Hours before he passed away, a 38-year-old woman, identified as Mithlesh, who was seriously injured in the same fire incident, succumbed to her wounds.
Meanwhile, a CCTV footage of the incident surfaced today in which people can be seen passing by and gathering near the building in which the fire broke out. People can be seen running for cover and away from flames after the explosion.
In the video, two men can be spotted with their shirts on fire and around four persons running with flames on their head after the explosion.
The clip was extracted from a CCTV footage obtained from a shop in the locality near Ashram Chowk.
The fire at Sunlight Colony, suspected to have been caused by a short circuit, broke out on the first floor of a building. The flames spread to other floors following a cooking gas cylinder blast.
The persons who died on the spot were Mamta (30) and her daughters Kritika (9) and Priyanka (11 months). Mamta and her daughters were stuck in their third floor flat in the building. In their attempt to jump to another floor, they fell on the flames and were charred to death.
In another fire incident triggered by a gas cylinder explosion, which took place around half an hour earlier on the same evening in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar area, three persons died and eleven injured.
Walls of the house in which the cylinder had exploded, and the one opposite it, collapsed under the impact of the explosion. Cases have been registered in connection with both the incidents.