11 Bihar workers were killed in a massive godown fire in Secunderabad, Telangana.
In the early hours of Wednesday, a major fire broke out at a lumber godown in Secunderabad, Telangana, killing at least eleven persons.
When the fire broke out, police-reported twelve migrant workers from Bihar were trapped in the godown, which was located in a congested area of Secunderabad's Bhoiguda. While one worker managed to escape the fire by jumping from the first floor of the two-story structure, eleven others perished.
A short circuit in the godown is thought to have started the fire. Officials stated the incident is being investigated and that the fire has been extinguished.
Officials informed NDTV that the workers were unable to save themselves because the building only had one internal spiral stairway.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao expressed his sympathies over the disaster and provided a compensation of Rs 5 lakh apiece for the families of the workers killed in the fire. He also told Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to make plans for their bodies to be repatriated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his "sad" over the loss of lives in the fire disaster and provided a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for each of the workers' family members.
"A devastating fire in Bhoiguda, Hyderabad, has claimed the lives of many people. In this hour of mourning, my thoughts are with the grieving families. PM @narendramodi, the next of kin of the dead will receive an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh apiece from PMNRF:"
Pained by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire in Bhoiguda, Hyderabad. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief. An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of the deceased: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 23, 2022