4 killed, many injured in cylinder blasts during fire at Jammu shop; LG announces ex-gratia of Rs.5 Lakh each


Officials in Jammu and Kashmir say that cylinder blasts at a Jammu scrap shop during a fire has killed four people while over a dozen others have sustained injuries. Authorities suspect that short-circuit may have led to the fire.

Jammu SSP Chandan Kohli was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying, “A short circuit in electricity wiring is suspected to be the cause of fire breakout.”

“4 people died and 14 got injured after a fire broke out in a scrap shop around 6.15 pm. Cylinders inside the shop also exploded. Rescue operation underway,” Mukesh Singh, ADGP Jammu Zone said.

Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha took to Twitter to announce financial help for those killed and injured. He wrote, “Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to LPG cylinder blast at a scrap shop in Jammu. My condolences to the bereaved families & prayers for speedy recovery of the injured. Directed the district administration to provide all the necessary assistance.”

Sinha added, “An ex-gratia of Rs.5 Lakh each to be given to the families of the deceased in Jammu LPG Cylinder blast incident. Ex gratia of Rs.1 Lakh to be given to the seriously injured and Rs.25,000 to those with minor injuries.”