At least 14 people were charred to death and several others injured in a major fire at a multi-storey building in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad on Tuesday evening, The Times of India reported.
“Fourteen people, including 10 women and three children, were killed in the massive fire. Rescue operation is still under way at the site,” news agency ANI quoted Dhanbad deputy commissioner Sandeep Singh as saying.
“14 people died and 12 others were injured in the fire. Several people were in the apartment to attend a marriage function. The cause of the fire is yet to be known. We are focusing on rescue. The injured were shifted to a nearby hospital,” Dhanbad SSP Sanjiv Kumar said.
“District officials have completed the rescue and search operation at the building. No one remains trapped and 14 injured people are being treated and they are in stable condition. The portion of the building damaged by fire has been cleared,” the deputy commissioner said.
The blaze erupted at 6pm at Ashirwad Tower in Dhanbad’s Joraphatak area, around 160km from state capital Ranchi.
Dhanbad deputy commissioner Sandeep Singh, who is monitoring the operation on the spot along with senior police officers, told PTI that the exact number of people who died and suffered injuries is yet to be ascertained, according to The Times of India.
“Several people are reportedly trapped ,” a senior police officer said.
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren expressed grief over the loss of lives due to the fire.