Jalandhar blast death toll rises to six; the matriarch of the family is the only survivor | spcilvly

The morning after five members of his family were killed in an explosion at their home in Anand Nagar, Jalandhar, Inderpal Singh, 42, succumbed to burns at a local hospital.

Smoke billowing from the house in Jalandhar's Anand Nagar on Sunday night as neighbors look on.  (HT Photo)
Smoke billowing from the house in Jalandhar’s Anand Nagar on Sunday night as neighbors look on. (HT Photo)

Inderpal was admitted to the hospital in critical condition after the blast at his house around 11pm on Sunday.

Police said the family was sleeping when a problem with the compressor of a new refrigerator in the kitchen caused the nearby LPG cylinder to catch fire. Within seconds, the fire spread, killing five members. They were identified as Inderpal’s father, Yashpal Ghai, 70, his wife Ruchi Ghai, 40, and his children Mansha, 14, Diya, 12, and Akshay, 10.

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Jalandhar BJP leader Ashok Sareen said Inderpal was a member of the party and had suffered severe burns and breathed his last on Monday morning. “A family of six died together in such a tragic incident. The only survivor is Inderpal’s mother, who was at a relative’s house,” he said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Ankur Gupta said forensic teams have gathered evidence from the spot to assess the cause of the fire. “The matter is being investigated from all angles,” he said.

Investigating officer Hardev Singh said, “An explosion occurred in the refrigerator, leading to the release of gases which subsequently caught fire. The inhalation of gases proved fatal for all five members of the family.”

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