10 hurt in cylinder blast at Vikhroli
The blast also led to a wall collapse on the ground floor of the ground-plus-one structure
Ten people, including three minors, were injured in a cylinder blast at Parksite in Vikhroli on Saturday morning.
“Vimla Chauhan, a resident of the area, borrowed a spare cylinder from her neighbour. She did not attach it to the burner properly and gas started leaking,” said Rajendra Kulkarni, senior inspector, Parksite police station.
He added that the family did not realise that gas had been leaking from the cylinder. “When Vimla lit the burner a little while later, it led to a blast. Vimla’s daughter Sapna is critically injured,” said Kulkarni. Both Sapna and Vimla have received 85% burns. A 13-year-old girl is also badly injured.
The fire brigade rushed three fire engines and two ambulances to the spot. According to officials from the disaster management department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the cylinder blast occurred at 11.48am. The blast also led to a wall collapse on the ground floor of the ground-plus-one structure.
A fire official said, “As the collapse has weakened the shanties adjoining the structure, we have started demolishing them to avoid further mishaps.”
Of the injured, eight have been admitted to Rajawadi Hospital.
While one person has been admitted at Sion Hospital, another one is at Kasturba Hospital. The injured have sustained 30% to 80% burns, according a report by the disaster management department.
Kulkarni said the incident has been recorded and an inquiry is underway.