PUNE: Six bakery workers died in a fire at Pune on Friday morning. The fire, believed to
have been caused by a short-circuit, broke out at the “Bakes and Cakes” shop on the ground floor of a
multi-storey building. The workers sleeping inside the bakery were trapped as the door was bolted from outside, and suffocated.
“The fire wasn’t very big. But, since there was no outlet, the workers inside died of suffocation,” police officials told Express.
Three proprietors of the bakery have been detained by the police. Fire brigade officials received a call at around 4:30 am. They tried to break the lock. Meanwhile, the owner reached the spot and opened the shutter. He told the police about the workers sleeping on the mezzanine floor. It was then that the fire brigade team climbed up to recover the bodies.
The unfortunate labourers had died within minutes due to suffocation, said police.
All of them hailed from Uttar Pradesh, police said. The deceased who were in their twenties have been identified as Irshad Khan (26),Shanu Ansari(22), Zakim and Fahim Ansari (both aged 24), JunaidAnsari (25) and Nishan Ansari (29).