At least six people were killed and several others injured on Saturday night after a fire broke out in a house where a huge quantity of firecrackers were stored illegally in Jamshedpur’s East Singhbhum district, a senior police officer said.
Six people were killed when a fire broke out at the house at Kumardubi village, about 85-km from Jamshedpur, under Ghatshila sub-division, SP (Rural) Prabhat Kumar said.
Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) (Ghatsila) Arvind Kumar Lal said a wall of the house collapsed in the fire and some people are feared trapped under it.
At least four to five people are still trapped under the debris even as efforts are on to douse the flames, the SDO said adding that intermittent bursting of firecrackers are still taking place.
“A large quantity of firecrackers were stored as well as being manufactured illegally. Somehow, the stored firecrackers caught fire,” Lal said.
Local BJP MP Bidyut Baran Mahato rushed to the spot on being informed about the incident.
“I have already apprised Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das about the incident and urged the local administration to make adequate arrangements to provide the best medical aid to the injured in Jamshedpur,” the MP said.
The chief minister assured an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to be paid to the next of kin of the deceased while the injured will get Rs 50,000, Mahato added.
(With PTI inputs)