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Bakery explosion in Mumbai suburbs kills five

31 May 2012

Five people, including two children, were killed and 36 others injured following an explosion and subsequent fire in a bakery at Cheetah Camp in Trombay on May 30. A spokesman for the local hospital said three of the injured were critical and four in a serious condition, with many of the others suffering from serious burns.

Locals claimed that 40 people, including 15 children, worked at the bakery on a 24-hour basis. The bakery was on the ground floor of the building while labourers, mostly migrants from Uttar Pradesh, slept on the first floor. The intensity of the explosion was such that some of the latter were reportedly flung out of the building.

Seven gas cylinders were removed from the blazing building by local residents before they had a chance to ignite, and before police and fire services arrived at the site.

The owner has been arrested and officials said they would check his documents to find out whether he had permission to run the establishment, and whether his use of gas cylinders complied with regulations.

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