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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Fire breaks out at MG Road in Bangalore

Bangalore: Fire breaks out in MG Road

A massive fire engulfed the second floor of the Army canteen on MG Road at Trinity Circle in Bangalore on Tuesday afternoon. Seven fire brigades have rushed to the spot. No casualties have been reported so far.

M. G. Road is one of the busiest roads in the city and is lined on one side with retail stores, food outlets and restaurants. It runs from Trinity Circle at one end to Anil Kumble Circle at the other. It has many office buildings, shops and theatres. It is also a home to a large number of buildings and banks.

Earlier, Nine people died and 60 others were injured, many of them seriously, after a major fire broke out on Tuesday evening at the Carlton Towers inBangalore.

Families of Carlton Towers' fire victims await compensation in Bangalore

Chief minister BS Yeddyurappa was quick to announce Rs2 lakh as compensation to each of the families of the nine people killed in the Carlton Towers tragedy on February 23. But even a month after the deaths, the promised compensation is yet to reach the families.

The families said no one from the government had approached them yet. They had also not been told whom to approach for the compensation, they said.

“We got to know about the compensation from the media,” Uday Vijayan, who lost his son Akhil Uday in the tragedy, told mediapersons on Monday. “We have, however, not got any compensation from the government,” he said. He was speaking at a press conference in the city.

Vijayan said the media covered the fire incident and the lack of safety in buildings like Carlton Towers exhaustively. “But there was not much on what is meant by the monetary compensation announced by the government and how to obtain it,” he said.

He said the tragedy had created a lot of public awareness about the risk of a fire accident in high-rise buildings.

Shantha Kumar, husband of another victim, Benzi Kumar, said the family did not even receive a condolence message from any official. “I am living in HRBR Layout with some sweet memories of my wife Benzi Kumar,” he said. “My daughters Natasha, 11, and Nisha, 9, are yet to come to terms with the loss of their mother.”

Officers at the JB Nagar police station, where a case has been registered against the building’s owners, said they had handed over the necessary documents to the families of those who died to help them obtain the compensation.

“We got copies of the first information report (FIR) and the post-mortem report from the police,” SK Suman Peter, brother-in-law of Fayaz Pasha ,who died in the fire incident, told DNA. “They have given us all the documents, which will be useful for any legal proceedings.But the police did not inform us how to get the compensation,” he said.

Home minister VS Acharya said that families of the deceased could seek help at the Bangalore deputy commissioner’s office, civil court complex next to Cauvery Bhavan, KG Road, for help in seeking thecompensation amount.

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Kolkata: Major fire at Park Street, 2 killed

At least two people have been killed and over eighteen injured in a major fire that broke out in a multi-storey building on Park Street located in the heart of Kolkata on Tuesday, Mar 23.

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Latest inputs say that Rapid Action Force (RAF) has been brought in for operations. Visuals of the mishap show the whole area engulfed in smoke.

As per media reports the fire started in the elevator of the building. However, there is no confirmation on this information. Latest inputs also say that six people have been killed in mishap but the police refused to confirm it.

Many are feared to be trapped in the building, which used for both commercial and residential purposes and is located in the famous Flury's area.

Fire tenders and ambulances were rushed to the spot for rescue operations. Fifteen fire engines have been pressed to action.

More information on the mishap is awaited.

This comes a month after the deadly fire at the Carlton Towers in Bangalore.

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