The incident took place around 4.30 pm when crackers were being unloaded from a goods vehicle into the godown located on Attibele main road and owned by one Ramaswamy Reddy.
Suddenly, the crackers exploded and in no time, fire broke out, gutting the crackers-filled boxes and extending into other parts of godown.
Four vehicles, parked at the godown door, were too gutted.
Five fire tenders were pressed into the service and the blaze was brought to control by 7.30 pm. Loud noise of crackers bursting and their lights was visible for nearly one kilometre.
Addressing the media, Superintendent of police-Bengaluru district Mallikarjun Baldandi confirmed that at least 10 men were charred to death in the accident.
“We are told that there were at least 20 workers inside the godown when the fire broke out. Around five to seven men came out running and saved themselves. Rest of them, we have to find out. We are in the process of identifying the charred bodies,” he said.
Three patients have been admitted to St John’s Hospital, Bengaluru. The accident has left two of them with around 50% burns, Dr Arvind Kasthuri, chief of medical services at St John’s Medical College Hospital, Bengaluru told TOI. “ They are seriously ill. They have been incubated and will be heading for the ICU,” he said.
Another patient who suffered 15% burns is also under treatment at St John’s Hospital.
Dr Ramesh KT, head, Department of Plastic Surgery at Victoria Hospital told TOI that one of the victims admitted to the hospital suffers 40% burns. “As of now, he is stable,” he said.