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Major fire tragedies in India

At least 50 people were killed and more than 75 injured when a powerful explosion tore through one of the biggest fireworks factories in Tamil Nadu, triggering a major fire. So powerful was the blast that more than 40 of the 48 sheds in the fireworks unit in Sivakasi, a firecracker manufacturing hub about 480 km from Chennai, were reduced to rubbles in no time. Here's a look at major fire tragedies that have left India aghast:

Tamil Nadu Express fire - July 30, 2012 At least 35 passengers were killed and 25 injured when a coach of the Delhi-Chennai Tamil Nadu Express caught fire near Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. The fire broke out between 4.30 a.m. and 4.45 a.m. in the S-11 compartment minutes after the Chennai-bound train left Nellore railway station in south coastal Andhra Pradesh, about 450 km from Hyderabad.

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AMRI Hospital fire - December 9, 2011 In the worst fire tragedy in any hospital in India, 94 patients and staffers were killed when a blaze started in the basement of the annexe building of the hospital on December 9, 2011 and quickly spread, trapping hundreds of people. The pre-dawn blaze in an annexe building of the hospital, in south Kolkata's Dhakuria, choked to death two nurses and mostly critically ill patients -- many of them in their sleep. Most doctors and other hospital employees were able to escape the building




Meerut fire - April 10, 2006 At least 100 were killed when a devastating fire broke out at a trade fair in Meerut. The fire that raged at the 'Brand India fair' at Victoria Park, was caused by an electrical short circuit within a tented enclosure. The fire also led to the explosion of gas cylinders at some makeshift eateries at the site, which soon engulfed the area, turning the park into an inferno.
Meerut fire - April 10, 2006 At least 100 were killed when a devastating fire broke out at a trade fair in Meerut. The fire that raged at the 'Brand India fair' at Victoria Park, was caused by an electrical short circuit within a tented enclosure. The fire also led to the explosion of gas cylinders at some makeshift eateries at the site, which soon engulfed the area, turning the park into an inferno

Kumbakonam school fire - July 16, 2004 Atleast 90 children aged between eight and ten were charred to death when a major blaze razed through the Saraswati English Medium School as its thatched roof caught fire in Kumbakonam town of Thanjavur district in Tamil Nadu. The fire reportedly started from the kitchen, where meal for students was being prepared.
Kumbakonam school fire - July 16, 2004 Atleast 90 children aged between eight and ten were charred to death when a major blaze razed through the Saraswati English Medium School as its thatched roof caught fire in Kumbakonam town of Thanjavur district in Tamil Nadu. The fire reportedly started from the kitchen, where meal for students was being prepared.

Srirangam fire tragedy - January 23, 2004 49 people were killed and many severely injured when a blaze engulfed a wedding at a marriage hall at Srirangam in Tiruchi district of Tamil Nadu. Police enquiries pointed out that a short circuit from a wire of a videographer's camera was the probable cause of the fire.
Srirangam fire tragedy - January 23, 2004 49 people were killed and many severely injured when a blaze engulfed a wedding at a marriage hall at Srirangam in Tiruchi district of Tamil Nadu. Police enquiries pointed out that a short circuit from a wire of a videographer's camera was the probable cause of the fire

Uphaar Cinema fire - June 13, 1997 On June 13, 1997, during the screening of Hindi film 'Border', a fire engulfed the theatre, killing 59 people and injuring over 100 in the subsequent stampede. Most of the victims were trapped in the balcony and suffocated to death when poisonous smoke engulfed the hall. The fire was sparked by a blast in a transformer in an underground parking lot in the five-storey building which housed the cinema hall and several buildings.

Dabwali fire - December 23, 1995 In one of India's worst fire accidents, more than 440 people were charred to death after a fire broke out at an annual prize distribution ceremony at the DAV school in Dabwali, Haryana. The incident happened when a tent caught fire and fell over. The tent was filled with more than 1,500 people at the time when fire broke out due to a short circuit.
Dabwali fire - December 23, 1995 In one of India's worst fire accidents, more than 440 people were charred to death after a fire broke out at an annual prize distribution ceremony at the DAV school in Dabwali, Haryana. The incident happened when a tent caught fire and fell over. The tent was filled with more than 1,500 people at the time when fire broke out due to a short circuit.







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