Seven people were killed in a blast at a residential building in Bengaluru’s Ejipura locality on Monday. A portion of the structure collapsed after the explosion. A toddler was rescued from the debris, but the toll is expected to rise as several are still feared trapped, reported The Times of India.
Initial reports suggested that the structure collapsed after a cylinder blast. However, Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy, who visited the spot, said that was unlikely the cause as the cylinders on the ground and first floors of the building were empty.
The impact of the blast affected three other houses in the vicinity, according to ANI. The police said the incident took place early morning when many were still asleep. A team of the National Disaster Response Force is at the site and is helping with the rescue operations.
Karnataka Development Minister KJ George said the government will adopt the child who was rescued and take care of all her expenses. Her parents died in the collapse. He also announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those who were injured.
The victims were identified as Sharavana, his eight-month-pregnant wife Ashwini, Kalavathi, Ravichandran, Hariprasad and Pavan Kalyan.
Ejipura is among the most congested areas of Bengaluru. On August 13, a similar cylinder blast took place in the area, shattering windows and car windshields and affecting other properties.