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3 killed as car catches fire near Akshardham

The probable cause behind the incident is fire in the CNG cylinder

3 killed as car catches fire near Akshardham

New Delhi: A 34-year-old woman and her two daughters aged (2) and (5) died after the car in which they were travelling caught fire in East Delhi's Akshardham area on Sunday evening.

Whereas her husband, identified as Upendra (36), along with another daugter (3) had managed to get down from the car.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Jasmeet Singh said that the probable cause behind the incident is fire in the CNG cylinder.

"The person who was driving the car managed to get down from the car with one kid but his wife and two daughters could not get down," said DCP Singh adding that the family belongs to UP's Loni area.

Chief Fire Officer from Delhi Fire Services (DFS) Atul Garg said that they received a call regarding the fire around 6.33 pm on Sunday and fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

Police said that the investigation is going on to know the actual reason behind the incident.

"Probe is on from all angles. The victims are being counselled," added police officer.

DFS fire chief further added after dousing the fire, the bodies were taken out by the team. "They were not charred in the fire," said Garg. The photograph of the vehicle showed that the car was completely gutted in the fire.

"We can't say how fire took place as the car was completely charred," added Garg.

It is suspected that the family was coming from South East Delhi when the incident took place. In an alleged video of the incident which was taking rounds in the social media group, it can be seen that one person holding a kid was crying. A car was also seen in flames.

"Save my wife and children I don't know how it happened," the person said in the video. DCP Singh further stated that survivors told them that they were returning back to Loni when the incident took place.

"There was the sudden spark in the front side of the car and the Upendra took the car in the corner and had only time to escape with one of the children," said DCP East.

In January, three persons were burnt to death and two others sustained injuries after a microvan and an SUV collided and burst into flames on Anand Vihar flyway in Shahdara.

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