Delhi: Elderly couple perishes in fire at home

At their home in Krishna Nagar on Saturday afternoon, an elderly couple is thought to have suffocated to death. Police reported that a forensics and crime squad had examined the spot.

Deputy commissioner of police (Shahdara) R Sathiyasundaram said that the deceased have been identified as Raj Kumar Jain, 80, and his wife Kamlesh Jain, 75, residents of Krishna Nagar’s F -Block.

Police said that a control room call was received around 4:30pm regarding smoke emanating from a house on the fourth floor after which four fire tenders were pressed into service and two ambulances also reached. “When police and fire service reached the spot, they broke open the door and found two persons unconscious. They shifted to Hedgewar Hospital where they were declared brought dead,” the DCP said.

According to the police, an investigation found that the house caught fire and suffered damage. The couple’s daughter-in-law was not present at the time of the fire since she had left for the market, and their son was at his clock store in Gandhi Nagar.

“Two rooms was badly affected by fire and one air conditioner in the room may be probable cause of fire. Crime team was at spot. Forensic team also called to rule out any foul play,” the officer said.

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