At least six members of a family, including three children, were killed after an explosion took place inside a house in Sevdha tehsil of the district on Thursday.
Datia Additional Superintendent of Police Surendra Singh Gaur said that prima facie some cooking gas cylinders kept in the house exploded, though the exact cause behind the incident is being ascertained.
The house, located in Matan-Ka-Pehara locality, which is around 65 km from the district headquarters, was flattened in the blast.
"While Rashid, his wife Ruby, 35, sister Razia, 22 and his two children Ashiqui, 9 and Ashiq, 8 died in the explosion, Rashid's niece Sajali, 6 died on way to hospital," Sevdha Station House Officer (SHO) MS Yadav told PTI.
Rashid had stocked cooking gas cylinders, raw food and other stuff at his house for upcoming marriage of Razia, Gaur said.
The forensic experts have reached the spot and are trying to ascertain the cause of the blast, he said.
The SHO said the bodies were handed over to the family members of the deceased after conducting postmortem.
The state government has announced a financial help of Rs two lakh each to the kin of the victims.