Battling for life with 80% burns at the intensive care unit of New Delhi's Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital, Phoolmati Devi, is one of the five victims of a family that was engulfed in a fire, following a cylinder blast at their residence in north Delhi's Chandrawal Nagar.
Seven-year-old Lakshmi, who saw her mother, brother, sister, uncle and niece burn alive in a matter of few seconds, is in a state of shock. "They were writhing in pain. The fire consumed them all," the little girl mumbles with tears in her eyes.
The family had gathered for the naming ceremony of an 11-day-old boy.
The father of the boy, Mohar Singh, 25, is admitted in the burns ward of the hospital with 25% burn injuries.
Singh's elder daughter, Anu, 5, and sister Preeti, 10, were among the four people who were brought dead at the hospital around 4.30pm. The other two were Singh's uncle Pappu, 36, and an unknown 15-year-old boy who had come to the house to fit music system for the function.
"I survived by a flicker, as I had stepped out of the house to check the lighting arrangement. All I remember is that there was a deafening explosion. I do not even remember who called the ambulance," he said.
The injured were first taken to the nearby Hindu Rao hospital, from where all of them were referred to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Four were brought dead and the two injured are admitted in the burns ICU of the hospital.
"The woman is critical. We are monitoring her closely. The man is serious but stable," said a senior doctor at the hospital.