Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, February 22
Three girl students were killed and two others injured in a fire inside a congested paying guest accommodation in Sector 32 D this afternoon. The residential building was found violating a number of fire safety norms.
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The injured saved their lives by jumping off the first-floor balcony. The firemen found one of the victims unconscious and two others wrapped in a blanket under a bed. The three were shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where they were declared brought dead.
According to police, the deceased have been identified as Riya, a native of Kapurthala, Pakshi of Kotkapura and Muskan from Hisar. The injured have been identified as Famina and Jasmeen Kaur.
While the exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, preliminary police inquiry pointed towards short circuit. People at the scene, however, said one of the girls was charging her laptop when its adaptor burst, leading to the fire. Deputy Commissioner Mandip Singh Brar has marked an inquiry to the SDM (South).