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Pune bakery blaze: 6 workers locked inside, died of suffocation

A fire broke out a bakery in Pune on the morning of Dec. 30, 2016, killing six people. (HT Photo )

Pune: Six migrant labourers were asphyxiated to death when while sleeping in a locked bakery where a fire broke out early hours on Friday, an official said here.

The fire, believed to be caused by a short-circuit, was noticed around 5.45 a.m. inside the Bakes and Cakes Bakery in Kondva suburb of the city, said a Pune police control official.

The six workers, said to be north-Indian migrants, were caught unawares as the blaze quickly engulfed the mezzanine floor on which they slept inside the bakery.

Rescue officials said the owner had locked the bakery shutter from outside, trapping the workers inside and seriously hampering the relief operation.