At least six persons have been killed after a two-storey building collapsed near Ejipura in Bengaluru on Monday morning. It is suspected that the building collapsed after a suspected LPG cylinder blast.
According to the police some people may still be trapped under the debris. At least 40 fire brigade and National Disaster Response Force personnel are carrying out rescue operations at the spot.
Eye-witnesses said the blast took place at around 7 a.m. A loud noise was heard before the building collapsed.
Authorities said that four families with children were living in the building.
Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy, who visited the spot, told reporters that the building belonged to one Gunesh, who had rented it to four families.
“Two families were residing in the ground floor while one was on the first floor. Kalavathi and Ravichandran were in the first floor. They died on the spot while two children sustained injuries, said Reddy.
Bengaluru Mayor R Sampath Raj also confirmed that four families were living in the building.
During rescue operation, three firemen injured themselves while clearing out the debris.
(With inputs from PTI)