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Gutted: The hall of Innovative Multiplex at Marathahalli in Bangalore that was destroyed in fire early on Wednesday.
Gutted: The hall of Innovative Multiplex at Marathahalli in Bangalore that was destroyed in fire early on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Fire broke out at Innovative Multiplex, Marathahalli, in the early hours of Wednesday and completely gutted one of the halls. A 35-year-old man was found dead in a generator room of the multiplex. The cause of death is yet to be ascertained.

The fire broke out just an hour after the screening of the last show was over at 1 a.m. The security guard at the multiplex saw fire in an air-conditioner duct in Screen 2 of the multiplex. He called multiplex supervisor Shivasanga, a trained fire-fighter, who could not control the spread of the fire. The Fire and Emergency Services personnel came to the spot around 3 a.m., when most of Screen 2 had been burnt and the fire was spreading to Screen 1.

“The fire had totally burnt the theatre, including the screen and seats in Screen 2. We cooled the area involved in the fire and put it out around 6 a.m. We made use of the water hydrants available in the multiplex,” said Chief Fire Officer Erappa, who supervised the operations.

Investigations are on to find the cause of fire.

While winding up the operations, the police found the dead person. The police identified him as Velu (38), a canteen attendant. “He was fast asleep in the room, which is far away from the place of fire. The cause of his death is yet to be ascertained,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) B.N.S. Reddy.

This is for the first time that fire has broke out in a multiplex.

Many film buffs and other visitors to Forum Mall in Koramangala panicked following a fire that fire broke out in the kitchens of the Transit Food Court on the second floor of the building.

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