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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fire at Bangalore’s Carlton Towers

Nine people, including three women, were killed and over 60 injured after a major fire broke out at the multistoreyed Carlton Towers in the posh garden city area on Tuesday.

All the nine people died of fatal injuries after jumping from the building while trying to flee from the inferno.

More than 150 people were evacuated from the building. Sixty eight people were admitted to the Manipal Hospital with injuries.

At least 19 of the injured, including three Fire Force personnel, are in a critical condition.

The list of people dead at Bangalore’s Carlton Tower fire incident are

Sunil Iyer
Akhil Uday
Fayaz Pasha
Surabhi Joshi
Sidhart Padam
Benazir Kumar
Rajesh Subramanya
Purohit Madan Singh

Smoke started billowing from the seven-storeyed building housing 50- odd offices, including those of IT companies, on the Old Airport Road around 5 pm. Though the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, preliminary investigations say that the fire broke out at the electrical duct on the second floor of the building.

"The electrical duct at the centre of the tower is suspected to have caught fire with the smoke spreading from each of the openings on every floor. However, the smoke was thick on the fifth and the sixth floors. Panic- stricken staff jumped off the building which left many injured,’’ P S Sandhu, Inspector-General of Police, Fire and Emergency Services, said While the building is equipped with fire safety equipment, the staff were reportedly unaware of the fire exits.

``The staff, used to taking the elevator, were not even aware of the fire exits. But, spotting the fire, people from neighbouring buildings and passers-by came to their rescue,’’ a source said. At least 15 fire engines joined the rescue operations.

"On receiving the alert, we sent 1,000 masks and ambulances for the rescue operation. Sixty eight people were rushed to the hospital. Nine deaths were reported.

The dead were identified using the information available. Nineteen people admitted to the Intensive Care Unit are critical. Most of them do not have external injuries but have respiratory problems after inhaling the smoke,’’ Dr Sudharshan Ballal, Medical Director, Manipal Hospital, said.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured.

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Anonymous said...

It is a shame that we live in such a place where there are no fire fighting techniques. India as a country should be ashamed to report such type of incidents. just by proving that IT is generating money would not suffice, there should also be value for human lives. How can IT companies function without any proper fire exits. What type of construction is being carried out flauting fire safety rules. who is responsible for this just by announcing compensation would not suffice, govt should impose strict rules with regards to safety

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