Bangalore: Nine people died and 60 others were injured, many of them seriously, after a major fire broke out on Tuesday evening at the Carlton Towers in Bangalore.
Three persons died due to fatal injuries after jumping from the top floors of the building while six lost their lives due to severe burns and asphyxiation, sources at Manipal
Hospital where they were rushed said.
Manipal Hospital claimed that 7 people were dead on arrival. Most died of suffocation.
Names of those dead were: Fayaz Pasha and Surabhi Joshi, Savita, Siddharth Padam, Bansi Kumar, Rajesh Subramanyam, Purohit Mdan Singh
Initially, Karnataka Home Minister VS Acharya told a news agency that at least five people had died in the Carlton Towers fire.
"It's unfortunate incident, some people jumped out and sustained injuries. There is still no details on the number of injured," said Karnataka Home Minister VS Acharya.
Many people jumped from the fifth, sixth and seventh floor of the building as they tried to save themselves from the fire.
The injured have been admitted to the Manipal Hospital in Bangalore.
The Karnataka government has announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 for the injured. The government will also bear expenses of the treatment of the injured.
Manipal Hospital Helpline Number: 080-25024202
Even though police and fire brigade officials claimed that all the people trapped inside the building had been evacuated, some eyewitnesses said that the rescuers were still trying to bring down people.
Fifteen fire tenders were rushed to the building even as people gathered on the road outside the Towers hampering the rescue and relief work.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has order an inquiry into the incident. He has also ordered the police to inspect safety norms in all big buildings of Bangalore.
The Carlton Towers is located near Domlur flyover in Bangalore at old airport road.
Reports of Carlton Tower being on fire started to pour in on the popular social networking site Twitter at around 1700 hrs IST. A large number of people were stuck in the building. Many updates came in on Twitter from inside the building as well as the on-lookers.
A twitterati who was trapped inside the building had tweeted activelyabout the latest happenings:
Name: Kiran Jonnalagadda
Twitter username: jackerhack
"Carlton Towers is burning and six of us are trapped inside. The fire's above but there's smoke everywhere. Saw people jump to their death.”
“Don't call me folks, you can't help. Will keep posting.”
“Our rescue ladder. It'll only reach the fourth floor. We're on the fifth.”
“Massive crowd outside. This must have choked traffic for kilometers around.”
"Heard it's not a fire, just an electric short-circuit. Only smoke."
"Cycling home. Won't take calls. Please feel free to use my pictures as needed. "
Many users wrote about the massive crowd near the place, which caused traffic jam. Tweetizens also posted latest pictures of the happenings in the building.
People also warned others to not to come on that road to avoid the chaos; one user enquired, “We are 20 minutes from Carlton Towers Bangalore. Which is on fire. Hope Things are not as bad as it seems to me”