Hyderabad: Eleven migrant workers from Bihar have been killed in a devastating fire at a scrap godown. It is suspected that 12 people may have been involved in the fire that broke out in the Poykuda area of Secunderabad.
Eleven people have been burnt to death in a fire accident at a garbage depot in Hyderabad. While the bodies of 11 people have been recovered so far, it is feared that one person may have been trapped in the fire and died.
Chief Minister Sri K. Chandrashekar Rao has expressed shock over the fire accident at a Scrap Godown in Bhoiguda, Secunderabad. Hon’ble CM mourned the death of Bihar migrant workers in the mishap and announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh each to the families of the deceased.
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The dead and all the migrant workers from Bihar were on the first floor of the building, police and fire officials said.
Eleven of the dead were charred beyond recognition and the cause of the fire is being determined, a police official said.
The fire control room received a call at around 3am about the blaze, which was extinguished about 4 hours later, police said.
The 11 people who were sleeping on the first floor of the building could not save themselves as there was only one internal spiral staircase. It is believed that all the workers were asleep inside the godown at the time of the accident.
As for the fire, which spread like wildfire, the wall of the godown collapsed. It is believed that everyone trapped in it was trapped without being able to get out.
Pained by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire in Bhoiguda, Hyderabad. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief. An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of the deceased: PM @narendramodi
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Expressing condolences over the death of Bihar workers in the fire, Telangana Chief Minister KC Rao announced relief of Rs.5 lakh each to the families of the victims.
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao has directed the Chief Secretary to make arrangements for the repatriation of the bodies of the workers killed in the incident.