A part of a building in Ejipura area of Bengaluru collapsed due to a suspected LPG blast on 16 October leaving at least 7 dead and many more who are feared to have been trapped inside the building.
According to the Fire and Emergency services personnel, a gas cylinder in the house exploded around 6.30 a.m., bringing down the building, reports The Hindu.
The cylinder blast has led to a partial collapse of four nearby buildings. The prima facie reason for the cylinder blast is considered to be a gas leak, but the investigation is still underway.
The police are also on the lookout of the building owner, Sampath. The buildings had violated norms; the owner had not provided a certificate of stability to BBMP despite the structure being more than 30 years old, Bengaluru Bruhat Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) officials claimed.
The executive director of Indian Oil Corporation Limited, has, however, ruled out cylinder blast as the reason behind the collapse. Speaking to ANI, an IOCL executive director said, “Highlights in sections of media that Bengaluru Ejipura building collapse is due to LPG blast is not validated (sic),” reports the Firspost.
Home minister Ramalinga Reddy also visited the spot. He said that cylinders on both the ground and first floor of the building had no gas in them and could have been the cause of the collapse.
The fire brigade and the National Disaster Response Force rushed to the spot of the accident. They recovered the bodies including that of two women.
A three-year-old girl, Sanjana, survived the building crash that killed her parents. She was sleeping next to a sturdy cupboard that saved her.
Bengaluru mayor R Sampath Raj said four families were residing in the building. At least 40 fire-fighters and NDRF personnel were carrying out the rescue operation. Four fire personnel have been injured as well.
Ejipura is one of Bengaluru’s most congested areas, with narrow bylanes and illegal buildings along the sides of the road.
A similar cylinder blast had taken place in Ejipura on 13 August that had resulted in windows of houses, car windshields and other property shattered, as reported by The Times of India.
The police, initially thought it to be a low-intensity blast before the Independence Day but later concluded that it was caused by a gas cylinder leak.
The LPG gas cylinder is an essential commodity in our household, but it is also the reason that many household accidents take place leading to massive damage.
There are some necessary precautions that gas cylinder companies and customers can take which would go a long way in averting such accidents:
- All gas cylinders must be designed and manufactured to an approved standard to withstand everyday use and to prevent danger.
- They must be initially inspected before they are put into service to ensure they conform to the approved standard.
- The cylinders need to be periodically examined at appropriate intervals to ensure that they remain safe while in service.
- It is mandatory that those who handle the gas cylinder have some basic knowledge about how to handle them.
- The cylinders need to be kept in vertical position while in use, and suitable protective valve caps and covers to cylinders need to be used, when necessary, before transporting.
- Also, gas cylinders should not be stored for an extended period.
The Logical Indian community hopes that its community members take extra care while handling LPG gas cylinders to avoid accidents.