Five members of a family were burnt to death and another received burn injuries as a fire broke out at their house from a snapped electric wire at Jongaon village in Pirganj upazila early Tuesday.
The deceased were identified Kharesh Chandra, a member of Dinajpur traffic police, his wife Keya Rani, 38, their children Nice, 13, and Nirnoy, 8, and Keya’s sister Sandhya Rani, 22, all residents of the village.
Amiruzzaman, officer-in-charge of Pirganj Police Station, said the fire broke out at the house of Kharesh after a 440-volt electric line tore off and fell over the roof in the morning.
As the house caught fire from the snapped electric wire, the oil tank of a motorcycle kept inside the house exploded, injuring five of family members who were sleeping at that time.
Among the injured, Keya and Sandhya Rani died on the spot.
Firefighters rescued Kharesh, his daughter Nice, 13, and son Nirnoy as critically injured and admitted them to Sadar Hospital.
As the condition of the injured deteriorated, they were referred to Rangpur Medical College Hospital where Nice and Nirnoy succumbed to their injuries around 10:30am and Kharesh around 11:30 am, added the OC.