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Three of a family burnt alive

THREE MEMBERS of a family burnt alive and two others received severe burns when a major fire broke out due to leakage in LPG cylinder at Ram Krishna Niwada village under the Rasoolabad police station in the wee hours on Sunday. Three houses were gutted.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 01:18 IST

THREE MEMBERS of a family burnt alive and two others received severe burns when a major fire broke out due to leakage in LPG cylinder at Ram Krishna Niwada village under the Rasoolabad police station in the wee hours on Sunday. Three houses were gutted.

The fire was so intense that people came out of their houses in a bid to save their lives. Eyewitnesses said the fire could not spread, as the area was not densely populated. Villagers, after toiling hard for five long hours, managed to control the raging fire.

Police identified the deceased as Guddi (30), Gauri (3) and Bitiya (1). Two injured Aparna (4) and Yogendra Singh Yadav (6) have been admitted in the UHM Hospital. Police said Guddi was the mother of Gauri, Bitiya, Aparna and Yogendra.

At the time of the incident Sarvesh Singh Yadav, Guddi’s husband and a farmer, was at his agriculture field. Villagers said due to harvesting season, Sarvesh often stayed at the field in night to look after his crop.

Describing the incident at UHM Hospital, six-year-old Yogendra, who sustained severe burns, said, “We all got the smell of cooking gas at night but went to sleep as mother told us that father would check the gas in the morning, then all was dark.”

Some neighbours of Sarvesh, who came to the UHM Hospital, said the intensity of fire was so high that despite several efforts people could not save the trapped.

Villagers said they entered the house only when the fire was extinguished. While searching, they found three bodies badly burnt and Aparna and Yogendra were found lying under a broken tin-shade. But, they too burnt badly.

Amid chaos, some villagers took the injured on a tractor-trolley to the Primary Health Centre. A chaukidar present at the PHC asked them to take the injured to a hospital in Kanpur to save their lives. In the incident, houses of Ram Sajeevan and Kallu got badly damaged with cracks developed in the walls.

Police said that they were investigating the real cause of the fire with the help of the officials of the fire department.