Second India restaurant fire in fortnight kills five
January 08 2018 09:56 AM
Bengaluru fire
A police officer stands outside a burnt restaurant after a fire killed five people in Bengaluru on Monday.


Five workers were killed early Monday when a bar and restaurant in southern India caught fire, police said, less than two weeks after a blaze at another eatery killed 14.
Police said an electrical short-circuit probably caused the fire at the Kailash Bar & Restaurant in the southern technology hub of Bengaluru.
All five victims were employees who were sleeping at the premises, Bengaluru Deputy Commissioner of Police M. N. Anucheth told reporters.
In late December, 14 people were killed in a fire at a rooftop restaurant in Mumbai, many of them young women at a birthday party.
The incidents have raised concerns over lax enforcement of safety rules in India, where fires are common.
Such disasters are particularly frequent in Mumbai, where millions live in cramped and dilapidated properties because of high rents.
Activists say builders and landlords often cut corners on safety to save costs and have accused civic authorities of negligence and apathy. 
Police in Bengaluru have registered a case of criminal negligence amounting to culpable homicide against the owner of the bar, Anucheth said.
The mayor of the city, which is known for its lively pubs and bars, said he had ordered an inquiry into why the victims were sleeping at the premises.

Last updated: January 08 2018 11:14 AM

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