Two toddlers aged 5 and 6 were charred to death after a massive fire broke out into a three storey building in South east Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh area on Tuesday afternoon.
The deceased were identified as Aisha (6) and Zaid (5), both cousins, were playing inside the first floor when the incident took place around 1 pm. They had been trapped inside the flat and could not be rescued from the first floor of the 3 storey building.
The Delhi Fire service received a call about the blaze at around 1.30 PM in a building in J- block of Abu Fazal Enclave in Shaheen Bagh area.
DCP South east Chinmoy Biswal said “Two children were found injured inside the flat. They were shifted to Holy Family hospital through PCR Van but succumbed to their injuries during treatment. Subsequently six fire tenders, 4 Ambulances, and one vehicle of DDMA reached at the spot. The first floor got burnt and the fire has been spread at 2nd floor but fire tenders controlled the fire.”
Adding that he said “the reason of fire till now seems to be short circuit,”
Ehsan Mallik, who runs a furniture and mattress store in the basement and upper ground floor resided with his family on the third floor.
“The children were playing on the first floor. We do not know how the fire started on the first floor but it spread too fast as we did not respond swiftly. Soon the whole building engulfed in fire. I lost my daughter Aisha, and my nephew Zaid, in the fire. I am devastated,” said Ehsan Mallik who was inconsolable.
Aisha, was only daughter of Ehsan among four children and Zaid, was only son of his sister among three children.
Ehsan’s sister who resides in Pansonda village of Ghaziabad visited her brother in Shaheen Bagh a few days back with her 5-year old son Zaid. The toddler too choked to death along with his cousin Aisha. Locals say that the toddlers hid under the bed making the rescue difficult.
The locals from the neighbourhood soon started the rescue much before the fire brigade arrived.
“We got ladders and made a ladder bridge from Balcony to Balcony to rescue rest of the members. When we counted we found two children missing, later they were found dead” said Syed Irfan, a local from the area.