The tragedy of fire is continuing in the country. A day earlier, at least 10 people died in a fire incident in West Bengal. The same kind of disaster once again resurfaced in Telangana’s Secunderabad in the early hours of today.
The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and the Telangana CM, K Chandrashekar Rao, expressed shock and announced a compensation of Rs 2 to 5 lakh for the diseased workers’ families.
Fire at a timber godown
A massive fire broke out at a timber godown in Telangana’s Secunderabad in the early hours of Wednesday. It is said that at least 11 migrant workers from Bihar have lost their lives in this massive fire.
Police said that twelve migrant workers from Bihar were trapped in the godown, located in a crowded area of Secunderabad’s Bhoiguda, when the inferno broke out . While one worker escaped the fire by jumping from the first floor of the two-storey building, eleven other workers lost their lives.
A short circuit may be the reason
It is suspected that the fire was caused by a short circuit in the godown. The matter is being investigated, officials said, adding that the fire has been doused.
The workers could not save themselves as there was only one internal spiral staircase in the building, officials said.
PM Modi and Telangana CM express shock
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “pained by the loss of lives” in the fire tragedy and announced a compensation of 2 lakh each to the family members of the workers.
Expressing condolences over the incident, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao announced a compensation of 5 lakh each to the families of the workers who were killed in the fire. He also directed Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to make arrangements for the repatriation of their bodies.
A fire broke out when workers were sleeping
A police officer said the fire broke out around 4 am when around 13 workers were asleep on the upper floor of the warehouse in the densely populated residential colony near the Secunderabad railway station.
“Preliminary investigation suggested the fire might have erupted due to a short circuit. Further investigation is on, “he said.
Fire brigade pressed into service.
As many as eight fire tenders were pressed into service, and the fire was brought under control by around 7 am. “We have recovered 11 bodies so far, and all of them are totally burnt and in unidentifiable condition. One more worker managed to escape with burn injuries, and he has been rushed to the Gandhi Hospital, where his condition is critical, “the police officer said.
State minister Talasani Srinivasa Yadav, who visited the scene, promised all possible help to the families of those killed.
Fire tragedies occur regularly, especially in the summer. In the country’s crowded areas, a huge number of industries are functioning. In the case of fire workers and others, they don’t have enough space to get out of the building due to congestion. Therefore, it is essential to pay attention to the safety of the workers.