Video: How lone survivor of Bhoiguda Fire escapes

According to the Gandhi Nagar Station House Officer (SHO), S Mohan Rao, Prem Kumar, and other migrant workers rushed into a single room in an attempt to escape from the fire.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  25 March 2022 5:54 AM GMT
Video: How lone survivor of Bhoiguda Fire escapes

Hyderabad: A video of a man jumping from parapet to escape leaping flames at Bhoiguda scrap godown has gone viral.

Prem Kumar can be seen jumping and running away from the site a few seconds before the blast occurred.

According to the Gandhi Nagar Station House Officer (SHO), S Mohan Rao, Prem Kumar, and other migrant workers rushed into a single room in an attempt to escape from the fire.

Eleven migrant workers from Bihar were charred to death when fire engulfed a scrap godown at Bhoiguda in Secunderabad on Wednesday morning. The remains were sent to their families in Bihar.

While the godown is located on the ground floor, the workers reside on the first floor. There is only one entrance to their rooms. The fire broke out at 4 am when the workers were asleep. As the godown was filled with scrap material, it spread quickly and engulfed the first floor.

Police said since there was no other entry or exit to the first floor, the workers were trapped in the fire and could have been burnt alive.

Telangana government announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to next of kins. KCR asked the officials to make arrangements for sending mortal remains to their native villages in Bihar.

Hyderabad Police Commissioner CV Anand said a similar incident happened in the same place two years back.

"We got a call from dial 100 regarding a cylinder blast. W, immediately we reached the place. Fire tenders were called and the flames were controlled by 5 am. Scrap material including newspapers and used bottles were stored on the first floor," he said.

He said it seems that the godown has violated the fire norms. "The workers stayed in a room inside the godown, which is against violation. Even the neighbors did not know that the workers reside inside the godown," he said.

Bhoiguda is one of the highly populated areas and it has many such godowns. Police Commissioner said industrial safety norms have to be taken into consideration.

"Workers coming from Chapra in Bihar are from low-income families. The workers are paid Rs 12,000 per month. Only one worker has survived. We are investigating the case. Once he regains consciousness, we need to talk to him about the accident," he said.

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