Five people, including a woman, were died in a fire that broke out at a bar in Bengaluru late last night. The bar was almost completely charred before the fire was brought under control in the early hours of Monday. Those killed were employees at the Kailash Bar and Restaurant bar and were sleeping inside.
The blaze started around 2.30 am at the bar in Kalasipalyam, a busy and congested area in the heart of Bengaluru. The bar is on the ground floor of the Kumbaara Sangha (Potters' Association) building.
Three of the dead were in their early twenties.The fire department said people noticed the blaze and smoke at around 2:30 in the morning. Fire-fighters were pressed into action soon after, they said.
The cause of the fire is not yet known. "The fire department is assessing the building. After that we will be able to give a correct picture. We have spoken to a couple of witnesses," police officer MN Anucheth told reporters.
The incident comes a little over a week after a deadly fire killed 14 people including 11 women at a popular nightspot in Mumbai, the Kamala Mills compound. Several others were also injured in the huge fire that started from a restaurant and spread rapidly to nearby restaurants and offices. The Kamala Mills fire raised questions about fire safety norms in pubs and restaurants, triggering safety checks in Mumbai and other cities.