Gujarat: Four sisters charred to death

AHMEDABAD: One charred to death in fire at cracker shop

Four minor sisters were charred to death after fire engulfed their hut in Mulad village of Surat district in the early hours today, the police said.

As per primary investigation, leakage from domestic gas cylinder caused the blaze. The incident occurred when their father Ramesh Patel was away, said Police Sub Inspector with Mahuva police station, P V Pateliya.

According to Pateliya, the hut, which was made of steel sheets, belongs to Patel, a vegetable vendor.

The deceased were identified as Darshana (10), Mansi (9), Tejashree (8) and Rajashree (8).

“Patel has been living in the hut with his four daughters since some time. Patel’s wife died few years ago. As part of his daily routine, Patel locked one of the door from outside and went to Surat city on his vehicle to sell vegetables,” the officer said.

“When his daughters were asleep, fire broke out due to gas leakage. Before the girls could escape, all of them were charred to death. We have sent their bodies for postmortem and a probe is on,” added Pateliya.