Gas cylinder blast in Mumbai’s Lalbaug kills 1, leaves 15 critically injured


A fire official said that the condition of nine people, including a minor girl, is reported to be critical as they received 70 per cent to 95 per cent burns.

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A 62-year-old woman was killed and 15 people were injured in a fire after a gas cylinder blast in a residential building in Lalbaug area of Mumbai on Sunday morning.

The condition of nine people, including a minor girl, is reported to be critical as they received 70 per cent to 95 per cent burns, a fire official said.

Sushila Bangre, who was critically injured in the incident, succumbed to her injuries on Sunday night at Mumbai’s KEM hospital, the official said.

He said the injured persons were undergoing treatment at KEM Hospital, Global Hospital and Masina Hospital.

The blaze erupted around 7.20 am on the second floor of ground-plus-four storey Sarabhai building in Ganesh Galli locality, news agency PTI quoted the official as saying.

“There was a cylinder blast after gas leakage. The wall of a room collapsed after the blast,” Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednedkar told PTI.

“I personally visited the spot. The condition of a minor girl is stated to be critical and she is referred to Masina Hospital,” she said.

The blast led to a fire in the premises, injuring 16 people, a fire official said. It was a ‘level-one’ (minor) fire. Two water tankers were rushed to the spot and the blaze was brought under control by around 7.50 am, he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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