A day after seven persons perished in a major fire at Gundla Pochampally on the city suburbs on Saturday, investigators probing into the incident suspect sparks emanating from a hearth or electrical short-circuit could be the main cause for the gory mishap.

A three-member team from Andhra Pradesh Forensic Science Laboratory (APFSL) visited the spot on Saturday evening to ascertain the origin of fire. “After inspecting the spot, we felt that sparks could have either come from the hearth or from dangling wires hung to electric poles to get power supply to huts,” an official explained.

Makeshift huts made with wood, straw and plastic were put up in a temporary habitation where hundreds of workers were staying. As the huts were made with combustible material, flames spread within seconds. Then 5 kg cylinders in the huts blew up, spreading the blaze quickly. We are trying to collect more details from other workers,” said Ranga Reddy district in-charge fire officer P. Mohan Reddy. The police, however, said no arrests were made.

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