A fierce fire in central India is threatening lives and destroying homes in a city which is known as the ‘City of the Gods’.
The Kannada-language daily newspaper The Hindu reports that two firefighters were killed and another 15 injured after a blaze engulfed an apartment block in the city’s Nirmal Nagar area.
The blaze broke out on Monday morning in the Rama Nagar apartment complex, which was built in the 1960s.
The fire broke out in the building at around 9am, the newspaper said, quoting officials.
The fire department in Nirmala Nagar said that one of the residents was killed and the second person was seriously injured.
A total of 15 houses and a car were destroyed in the fire.
The charred remains of the burnt building were seen in a field near the site.
According to The Hindu, fire department officials told the paper that the blaze started on a flat in the complex and that the residents had been sleeping in the apartment, and that they had not been able to return home.
According the newspaper, the fire department said that the fire was under control and that no one was hurt in the blaze.