Four killed, three injured in fire at shop-cum-home in Palghar | Thane News – Times of India


MUMBAI: A family of four were charred to death and three others sustained injuries in a fire that broke out in their shop-cum-home in a village in Mokhada taluka of Palghar district in the wee hours of Monday.
The victims, including two minors, were fast asleep when the fire that spread from the shop to the house took the lives of Gangubai Mole (78), her daughter-in-law Dwarka (46) and grandchildren Pallavi (15) and Krishna (10).
The shop owner Anant (51), who tried to douse the blaze sustained head injuries and is undergoing treatment at the Mokhada rural hospital. His two other children Bhavesh (17) and Ashwini (17) sustained serious burn injuries and have been moved to the Nashik civil hospital.
Mokhada police said that the fire took place at around 2.30 am.
The fire originated from the shop located in the front side. The family members were sleeping inside the house located behind the shop.
By the time Anant noticed the fire it had engulfed the shop and moved into the room.
As the exit from the room was through the shop, the family members got stuck inside.
Anant managed to pull out Bhavesh and Ashwini. The others perished in the flames.
Fire brigade personnel reached the spot and managed to contain the fire within an hour.
Preliminary investigations suggest that a short circuit could have caused the fire.
The district has been experiencing intense heat since the past few days.
A case of accidental death has been registered. Police said that the statement of the survivors is to be recorded.

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