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The death toll of fire in Ranipura area here has risen to seven, with two more persons succumbing to injuries late last night, a municipal official said today. The fire started at a firecracker shop in Ranipura area yesterday afternoon, and spread to the adjoining shop selling polythene bags and five other outlets. Owner of the firecracker shop, Gurvinder Singh Narang, and another person, Jagdish Solanki, were found dead on the spot yesterday.
Others who died at the government-run M Y Hospital during treatment were identified as Suresh Sharma, Chetan, Sudarshan, Raja and Karan. Another injured person was undergoing treatment at a private hospital, police said. The district administration has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident. Collector P Narhari said the shop where the fire started was authorised to keep only samples of firecrackers, but the owner had illegally stocked a huge quantity. As many as 20 two-wheelers parked in front of the shops were also gutted in the fire. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced aid of Rs two lakh each for the kin of deceased.
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