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Amedabad: Four children and five others have succumbed to severe burn injuries they had sustained in an explosion and fire triggered by a leaking LPG cylinder in a room on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city, a police official said on Saturday.
The incident occurred on the night of July 20. While eight victims died in the last couple of days during treatment, another one succumbed on Saturday. All of them were from Madhya Pradesh, he said.
“Leakage of gas from an LPG cylinder had triggered an explosion and fire, in which 10 persons, including children and women, had suffered severe burn injuries.
Nine of them succumbed while undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital,” said inspector PR Jadeja of Aslali police station. The tenth victim, Rajasthan-native Kulsinh Bhairwa (30), is in a critical condition.
The labourers and their family members were sleeping in the small room when the gas from their cylinder started leaking. When their neighbour knocked on their door to alert them about it, one of the labourers got up and switched on the light,
which triggered a spark and led to the explosion due to concentration of gas. The 10 injured persons included the neighbour who had come to alert them, and all of them were rushed to the civil hospital for treatment, he said.
The deceased have been identified as Rampyari Ahirwar (56), Rajubhai Ahirwar (31), Sonu Ahirwar (21), Seema Ahirwar (25), Sarju Ahirwar (22), Vaishali (7), Nitesh (6), Payal (4), and Akash (2), all natives of Guna district in Madhya Pradesh.
MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced a financial assistance of Rs4 lakh each to the next kin of the deceased persons.