Nine people have died in a major fire that broke out in the Carlton Towers, a high-rise office complex in Bangalore, India. The deaths were caused either by choking in smoke or injuries when someone tried to jump from the seven story building, fire officials said.
Nine, six men and three women, died and around 50 injured in the incident.
The fire broke out on the fifth floor office of an IT firm around 4 p.m., trapping several hundreds in the Carlton Towers, an office building on the busy old Airport Road in Bangalore’s central business district.
Visuals caught on cell phones and televisions showed a woman trying to jump from the seventh floor to the sixth, slipping and falling to the ground. Another showed a man jumping to the ground from the top floor. It is feared they are among the nine dead.
A large number of people were trapped in the building. A user stuck in the building tweeted about the incident:
“Carlton Towers is on fire and six of us are trapped inside the building. The fire’s above but there’s smoke everywhere. Saw people jump to their death.Â Don’t call me folks. You can’t help. Will keep you posted.”
The blaze suspected to have been triggered by a short circuit, created panic with several inside the building for help and many others breaking the window panes.