New Delhi: A woman and her mother-in-law were killed in an LPG cylinder explosion at their residence in south-west Delhi’s Palam area today while her husband and two kids sustained injuries.
The deceased were identified as Usha (45) and her mother-in-law Satyawati (75). Among the injured were Usha’s husband Rishi Agarwal, daughter Neha, and son Saurabh, said a senior police officer.
Usha’s youngest son, Gaurav, escaped unhurt with the help of neighbours.
The incident took place around 6.10 am, following which four fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the victims to a hospital, where two were declared dead on arrival, said the official.
The injured persons were later referred to Safdarjung Hospital, where Rishi had to be admitted with severe burn injuries, said the officer.
Meanwhile, it took more than an hour for the firefighters to douse the flames, following which a cooling operation was launched, said a fire official.
The Agarwals live on the second floor of a four-storey building at Saadh Nagar locality in Palam. Rishi, a businessman, had rented the apartment around four months ago, police said.
Preliminary investigation revealed that there was a potential leakage in the LPG cylinder which exploded after Usha lit the stove today to make morning tea for the family.
Satyawati rushed towards the kitchen to rescue Usha, following which she too got trapped in the fire and failed to escape, the police officer said.