Five members of a family, including two children, sustained severe burns when an LPG cylinder exploded at their house at Kenchanahalli in Rajarajeshwari Nagar on Mysore Road in the wee hours of Tuesday.
The injured were identified as Mahantesh (33), a gardener, his wife Sumabai (28), their children Harshith (3) and Monika (4) and Sumabai’s brother Gajendra (32), a government school teacher. They were shifted to a private hospital with Gajendra reported to be in a critical condition.
The family, who were natives of Chitradurga district, were living in a rented house at Kenchanahalli 7th Cross.
Police suspect that a leak in the cylinder led to gas spreading in the kitchen. The explosion occurred around 3.55 am when power was restored in the house after an outage. The force of the explosion also damaged the walls of the house and other household articles. Rajarajeshwari Nagar police are investigating.
Recent LPG Blasts
December 1: A leaking LPG cylinder exploded at the Durga Parameshwari Temple in Banashankari. The temple priest, Mahesh Bhat, had reportedly left for the day without noticing the leakage and the cylinder’s regulator was not properly fixed
September 18: A 45-year-old man died of burn injuries after his LPG-powered Maruti Omni van caught fire when he started it. Ramachandra, a resident of Devarachikkanahalli near Madiwala, used to ferry children to school
July 22: A 32-year-old woman and her daughter sustained severe burns after an LPG cylinder exploded in their house at Sadaramangala in Kadugodi
July 18: Six members of a family, including a 36-year-old software engineer, sustained severe burns after an LPG cylinder exploded in their house at Papaiah Layout in Hennur.