A major fire broke out at a bakery shop in Pune’s Kondhwa area early this morning that killed six people as the only exit of the bakery was locked from outside. The incident took place when the victims, all hailing from Uttar Pradesh, were sleeping inside the bakery called ‘Bakes and Cakes.’
“We received a call at around 4.45 AM today and immediately fire tenders were rushed to the spot. As we reached the spot, we saw smoke emanating from the shutter of the shop, which was locked from outside,” said a fire brigade official as per a report in Financial Express.
Efforts were on to break the shutter, but of no use. The bakery shop owner then came to the location and opened the door.
“As soon as the shutter was opened, we saw a huge fire inside and got information that there are bakery workers who were trapped at a loft inside the shop,” the fire officer added.
Soon, the fire brigade staff wore breathing equipment sets and climbed inside to reach the victims. “There were six workers, who were found in an unconscious state. They were rushed to the Sassoon General hospital, where they were declared dead,” said the officer.
The deceased later identified as Ishad Ansari (26), Juned Ansari (25), Shanu Ansari (20), Zakir Ansari (24), Faeem Ansari (21) and Zishan Ansari (21).
“Since the main shutter was locked from outside, all the six got trapped inside and died of suffocation,” told the fire official.
Short-circuit is said to have caused the fire. A case was registered and the probe is on.