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Two bank employees succumb to burn injuries caused by fire near Kharadi transformer in Pune

The two were identified as Priyanka Zagde, 24, a native of Satara and Pankaj Khune, 26, a native of Wardha

pune Updated: Jun 17, 2018 16:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The transformer near Zensar in Kharadi which caught fire on May 11. (SANKAR NARAYAN/HT PHOTO )

Two employees of the Bank of Maharashtra data centre, who were severely injured in a fire incident near an Maharashtra state electricity distribution company limited (MSEDCL) transformer at Kharadi, died after being treated for over a month.

The two were identified as Priyanka Zagde, 24, a native of Satara and Pankaj Khune, 26, a native of Wardha. While Priyanka succumbed to her burn injuries on Saturday, Pankaj breathed his last on Friday, according to fire brigade officials. “The fire had started at a sandwich stand near the transformer (200KV) yard on May 11. The tree branches above the sandwich stand caught fire and fell inside the yard. It burnt the cables and the transformer. That’s how the fire started. The source of the fire was not inside the transformer,” said a spokesperson of MSEDCL.

“They both had diplomas and worked at the data centre of the Bank of Maharashtra (MIDC Kharadi IT Tower). They had come out of the building for tea, but Priyanka wanted to eat so they went to a sandwich shop (which was also gutted) near Zensar,” said police sub-inspector Sudhir Patil, who is investigating the matter.

“A few of our officials were in the area and when they saw the fire, the supply was stopped immediately,” said the MSEDCL spokesperson.

A government appointed electrical inspector submitted the report on the source of the fire. The police are also consulting with the inspector and are investigating the matter, said senior police inspector Rajendra Mulik of Chandannagar police station. “We are investigating it from all possible angles and a case will be registered based on the investigation,” he said.

While Priyanka had 25%-30% superficial burns, Pankaj had suffered 70% burns. Pankaj’s family could not handle the burden of the increasing bills and took him to the Seva Gram Civil Hospital in Wardha after a week of treatment at the Surya Sahyadri Hospital in Kasba peth area. Priyanka continued her treatment at Surya Hospital until Saturday morning when she was declared dead.

Priyanka and Pankaj’s friends had started online pleas to collect money for their treatments. While Priyanka’s family’s plea garnered ₹7,40,640, she lost the battle against the burn injuries. While Pankaj’s body was sent for post-mortem at the Seva Gram Civil Hospital, Priyanka’s bod was sent to Sasoon Generla Hospital for post-mortem.

First Published: Jun 17, 2018 16:22 IST