Massive blaze kills 7 in India's Maharashtra-Xinhua

Massive blaze kills 7 in India's Maharashtra

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2024-04-03 14:54:45

NEW DELHI, April 3 (Xinhua) -- At least seven people of a family were killed early Wednesday in a massive fire that broke out inside a tailoring shop in India's western state of Maharashtra, police said.

The fire broke out in Dana Bazar area of Aurangabad cantonment, about 327 km northeast of Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra.

"We had an information that a fire broke out in a tailoring shop at around 4:00 a.m. local time, creating panic in the neighborhood. Firefighters rushed to the spot and managed to extinguish the blaze, but seven people died in the fire by then," a police officer said.

The fire started in the shop, and the residents lived in the upper floors of the building. Although the fire did not reach the upper floor, it was suspected that the victims may have succumbed due to smoke inhalation, the police officer said.

According to police, the deceased were identified as a 50-year-old woman, her two young sons, their wives and two kids.

Preliminary investigations suggested the fire started from an electric bike plugged in for charging and spread to the shop.

Police registered a case and ordered an investigation.