Death toll rises to five in fire accident at deodorant unit

Three persons are undergoing treatment for injuries

February 22, 2024 10:43 am | Updated 10:38 pm IST

An eleven-year-old boy was admitted to Victoria hospital in Bengaluru after the fire at a deodorant unit in Kumbalgodu, succumbed on Wednesday

An eleven-year-old boy was admitted to Victoria hospital in Bengaluru after the fire at a deodorant unit in Kumbalgodu, succumbed on Wednesday | Photo Credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

An eleven-year-old boy, who sustained third degree burn injuries and and was admitted to Victoria hospital in Bengaluru after the fire at a deodorant unit in Kumbalgodu, succumbed on Wednesday, February 21. With this, the death toll in the fire rises to five, including a 15-year-old boy who succumbed on February 20.

According to the police, Rehan along with his friend Sajid, a class 8 student, had gone to give lunch to his father Afroz Pasha. Afroz was working in the unit as a driver and had joined only a few days ago.

Afroz, along with two other injured, Irfan Pasha and Allabhaksh, are under treatment in the hospital .

According to the police, the prime accused in the case, Saleem, had taken the house on rent from one, Vittal. He was crushing used deodorant cans for recycling.

He had sourced around 2,000 cans and roped in five people to crush the cans, a police officer said. He was not aware that the cans have inflammable contents and how to handle them, the police added.

Saleem was killed in the mishap. The other accused Vittal is absconding, and efforts are on to trace him.

The police are awaiting the Forensic Science Laboratory report to ascertain the exact cause of the mishap .

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