Hyderabad: In a devastating incident, nine people lost their lives, including two women, while 21 others fell ill, eight of them rendered unconscious due to suffocation in a major fire that erupted in a car shed during repairs in Bazaraghat, Nampally area of the city.
According to the police, the fire originated in the car shed situated on the ground floor of a four-storied apartment. The flames quickly spread to another room where chemical and diesel drums were stored, engulfing the entire apartment, including the cellar. Several vehicles parked in the cellar and in front of the apartment were gutted in the fire.
Upon receiving the information, four fire tenders rushed to the scene and successfully doused the flames.
The residents of the apartment were evacuated with the assistance of a ladder provided by the fire personnel through the windows.
The surrounding areas of the apartment were affected by the spreading smoke from the chemicals.
The people who fell ill and unconscious were admitted to Osmania General Hospital for treatment.
The deceased were identified as Md Azam (58), Rehana Sultana wife (50), Faiza Sameen (26), Thahoora fareen Daughter (35), Tooba Daughter (6), Tarooba (13), Md. Zakeer Hussain husband (66), Hasib-ur-rahman (32) and Nikath Sultana (55).
A case has been registered, and an investigation is underway, the police added.