Kapan fire: Identities of deceased established

Identities of those died in a massive fire that took place in Budhanilakantha municipality-11, Lasuntar of Kathmandu last night have been established. The deceased have been identified as Kasang Tenji Sherpa, 27, of Taplejung, Ashok Rai, 32, of Sankhuwasabha and Chhewang Sherpa, 25 a resident of Ranibari, Kathmandu.

The fire broke out when a portable oxygen cylinder and portable gas cylinder exploded at Elite Himalayan Adventure in Lasuntar, Kapan. In the incident, 28-year-old Kushal Budhathoki sustained burn injuries in his right hand, both legs and face.

He is undergoing treatment at Chunikhel-based Karuna Hospital. Spokesperson of the District Polcie Range Kathmandu, SP Dinesh Raj Mainali informed that a team of Nepal Army, Armed Police Force and Nepal Police along with local residents had doused the fire.

As shared, 200 police, 70 Nepal Army personnel and 30 APF personnel were mobilized for taking the fire under control. Likewise, nine fire engines and 10 water tankers were used to douse the inferno. Investigation into the incident is underway, spokesperson Mainali said.

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