New Delhi, Jan 8: Five people charred to death after a major fire broke out at Kailash Bar and Restaurant in Bengaluru in the wee hours of Monday. The bar-cum-restaurant is located in the ground floor of Kumbaara Sangha building, near a vegetable market. Also Read - 'Bengaluru Becoming Epicentre For Terror Activities,' Says Tejasvi Surya, Demands Permanent NIA Division From Centre

The deceased were workers of the restaurant and they were reportedly sleeping inside the bar when the blaze started. They have been identified as Swami (23), Prasad (20), Manjunath (45), Keerthi (24) and Mahesh (35). The bodies have been sent to the Victoria Hospital for post-mortem. Also Read - Karnataka Congress MLA Narayan Rao Succumbs to COVID-19

“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.The cause of fire was unknown and was being investigated,”a senior police officer said.

Two fire tenders and one fire rescue vehicle attended to it and it has been doused,” the officer informed.

Bengaluru Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) M.N. Anucheth said that they registered a negligent case against bar owner RV Dayashankar.