Cylinder blast kills fireman

New Delhi: A fireman was killed and two of his colleagues injured when a cylinder exploded while they were trying to douse a fire in an electric heater factory in Delhi’s Anand Parbat industrial area.

The men had gone to attend a fire call at 10.15 PM yesterday when the tragedy took place, said an officer from Delhi Fire Services.

They were working to control the blaze when there was a cylinder blast. The factory roof collapsed, burying the men under the debris.

While Vijender Pal, who was in his 50s died, Avtar Singh and Sunil Kumar were injured and are currently undergoing treatment at Sir Gangaram Hospital.

The fire at the factory was brought under control by 12.45 AM.

Mourning Pal’s death, Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari said society stands indebted to him for his services.

In February, two firemen died and as many were injured after an LPG cylinder exploded when they were fighting a blaze at a fast food joint in west Delhi’s Vikaspuri area.