Patna: Two persons were dead and at least five injured on Tuesday when a truck carrying dangerous chemicals into a transport warehouse near Chhoti Pahari Mor under Bypass police station in Patna burst into flame igniting a massive fire that required ten fire trucks to bring situation under control.
The incident took place less than a month after a cooking gas cylinder storage in Patna City went up in smoke on June 9 causing damage to the tune of several crore rupees.
Two local cart-pullers who were inside the warehouse died in the fire. At least five persons were critically injured and were sent to various hospitals in the state capital for treatment.
Deceased were identified as Jitendra Chowdhary and Mahesh Prasad – both residents of Kankarbagh.
Injured were identified a Pradeep Rai, Mahesh Rai, Rajiv Rai, Harendra Thakur, and Munim Mallik.
Fire trucks from different parts of Patna were rushed in to tackle the fire that was spreading in the area by the minute. It took over three hours to finally bring the situation under control but not without two deaths, several injuries, and destruction of the properties in several lakh rupees.
The intensity of the flame was so strong that the bodies of the two victims were burnt beyond recognition and it took some effort by the police to finally establish their identities.
Cause of fire remains under investigation, Bypass police station in-charge Shashi Shekhar Chauhan said adding the warehouse was used as a transit point to store items brought to Patna for business from different parts of the country.
Patna District Magistrate (DM) Kumar Ravi announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 4 lakh to the family members of both deceased.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS