Bengaluru Fire: A fire broke out at Kailash bar and restaurant in Kalasipalyam area.
Five employees of a bar-cum-restaurant were charred to death when a major fire broke out at Kumbaara Sangha building in Kalasipalya here in the early hours today, police said. Three of the victims are in their early twenties. The bodies have been taken to the city's Victoria Hospital for post mortem.
Here are the highlights on the Bengaluru fire:
Building where fire broke out was a 70-year-old building, according to PTI
News agency PTI said in a report that the Kumbara Sangha (Potters Association) building at Kalasipalya area in Bengaluru was a 70-year-old building.
"This is a 70-year old building where the incident happened.. We'll wait for the forensic and postmortem report..It appears all the five died of suffocation," said Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George.
Fire victims identified
The victims of the fire were identified as Swami (23), Prasad (20), Mahesh, all natives of Tumakaru, Manjunath (45) from Hassan and Keerthi (24) from Mandya.
Bengaluru development minister KJ George who visited the spot with mayor R Sampath Raj has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, according to news agency PTI.
Mayor Sampat Raj said that the Municipal corporation would survey all Bars and Restaurants and where ever it is found that rules and norms have been flauted ..action agains the owners will be taken, reported news agency AFP.
"The fire department is assessing the building. After that we will be able to give a correct picture. We have spoken to a couple of witnesses," police officer MN Anucheth told NDTV.
The fire began around 2.30 am at the bar in Kalasipalyam, a area in the Central Bengaluru. The bar is located on the ground floor of Kumbaara Sangha (Potters' Association) building.
The bar was almost completely charred before the fire was brought under control in the early hours of Monday.
Police identified the victims as Swami (23), Prasad (20), Mahesh, all residents of Tumakuru, Manjunath (45) from Hassan and Keerthi (24) from Mandya.
5 Sleeping Employees Killed As Fire Razes Bar In Bengaluru
The incident took place at Kailash bar and restaurant in Kalasipalyam, a busy and congested area in the heart of Bengaluru. The outlet is located in the ground floor of the Kumbaara Sangha (Potters' Association) building, near a vegetable market.
"An incident of fire has occurred at Kailash Bar and Restaurant located in the ground floor of Kumbaara sangha building (in the vegetable market area). Fire and smoke was noticed by some persons at around 2.30 AM and fire services were pressed into action. Two fire tenders and one fire rescue vehicle attended to it and it has been doused," senior police officer was quoted by Press Trust of India.