Bengaluru: At least five people, including a woman, died after a fire broke out early morning at a bar in Bengaluru's Kalasipalyam area early morning on Monday.
The incident occurred around 02:30 am when people noticed smoke billowing from Kailash Bar and Restaurant, which is located on the ground floor of the Kumbara Sangha Building in Kalasipalya area of the city.
Two fire trucks and one rescue vehicle were pressed into service and the fire was put out by the time of publishing this report. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.
"An incident of fire has occurred at Kailash Bar and Restaurant located in the ground floor of Kumbaara sangha building (in the vegetable market area). Fire and smoke was noticed by some persons at around 2.30 am and fire services were pressed into action. Two fire tenders and one fire rescue vehicle attended to it and it has been doused," a senior police officer said.
Three of the victims are in their early twenties. The bodies have been taken to the city's Victoria Hospital for post mortem.
The fire comes days after a massive blaze claimed the lives of 14 people in a Mumbai rooftop pub, bringing into question the licensing norms and inaction of civic authorities against flouting of fire safety rules.
Incidentally, Bengaluru had launched a safety audit of restaurant, bars and pubs in the wake of the fire in the pub located at Mumbai's Kamala Mills compound.