A house in Mankhurd, Mumbai that collapsed on Thursday morning killed 3 people and injured 12 others.
The incident occurred in the ground plus one-storey structure at around 6.15am due to a fire that broke out inside the house in Mankhurd Maharashtra Nagar, which is also called Sai Baba Rahivashi Sangh. The fire took place near 6am and soon spread after a LPG gas cylinder exploded.
The explosion led to a fire which had to be doused before the rescue workers could start looking for survivors.
The call for the help went out to the disaster department helpline at around 6:31 am first for a house collapse and later reported a fire.
A fire brigade official said “An explosion inside the house led to the entire structure collapsing. The explosion seems to have occurred after some Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) started leaking from its cylinder and came into contact with some flames.”
The injured, including 7 children, sustained burn injuries.
Locals, with the help of fire brigade rescued those trapped. The injured were rushed to civic-run Shatabdi Hospital. Seven of the injured were transferred to the civic-run Sion Hospital.
Rescue operation is in full swing at the spot. Fire brigade and disaster management teams were present at the spot to clear the debris.
Three families, Pawar, Gadwe and Wankhede, were affected due to the collapse. The ground plus one structure collapsed on two other houses which resulted in three deaths.
The names of the dead are a 30-year-old woman, Rekha Wankhede, a 38-year-old man Shankar Wankhede and a 60-year-old Kasturba Wankhede.