New Delhi: Two persons were killed, while five others managed to escape in the building collapse in Chhani Jakatnaka area of Vadodara, stated Fire Officer Om Jadeja on Sunday. Speaking to news agency ANI, Jadeja said, ”10 people were involved in demolition work, five of them managed to save themselves; two casualties reported. Rescue operation on.”

Notably, the building collapsed while it was being demolished by labourers on October 19. On Saturday, two persons rescued from the debris were reported to be severely injured. They were among the several other labourers who were feared to be trapped in the building. Soon after the accident, fire brigades rushed to the spot to undertake rescue operations.

The Deputy Municipal Commissioner of Vadodara Sudhir Patel had on Saturday stated that the building that collapsed was an old one belonging to L&T company. He was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “The company was demolishing the building on its own. During the demolition, the front part of the building suddenly collapsed.”

The rescue team had mobilised all the machinery and manpower required to undertake the rescue operations, added Patel. Later on Saturday, Standing Committee Chairman of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation Satish Patel was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “After the building collapsed, the entire fire brigade team of the corporation was pressed for rescue operations. Two people have been rescued. Rescue operations are underway on a war footing.”

In a similar building collapse incident on October 14, at least 10 people died and several others were injured after a two-storey building collapsed soon after a cylinder blast. The incident took place at around 7:30 AM in Waleedpur village of Uttar Pradesh under Mohammadabad Police Station in Mau. Soon after the incident, all those injured were referred to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, stated a report.