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Fire at firecracker shop kills seven in Barmer district of Rajasthan

JAIPUR: More than seven people were killed on Thursday in a fire at a firecracker shop in Rajasthan’s Barmer district. The incident took place around 1 am at the shop in Balotra area of the district, over 430 km from the state capital Jaipur.

“We have so far recovered seven bodies from the shop while rescue operation is still on,” said Barmer Superintendent of Police Hemant Sharma. “It seems that these seven people were trapped inside the shop when the fire broke out,” Sharma said.

“The fire has been extinguished and we have started investigations into its cause,” he added.