According to a fire officer, the fire started in a bedroom of duplex home in Ahmedabad on Monday morning claimed the lives of a couple and their eight-year-old son.
When the fire started at around 5 am, the victims were in the bedroom on the first floor of the house, according to divisional fire officer Om Jadeja.
“The cause of the fire is not yet clear and a forensic team has been engaged to ascertain it. We cannot rule out the possibility of suicide. It is also possible that the family was using fire to keep the room warm and got trapped when the blaze erupted,” he said.
“When the first response vehicle reached the site after receiving a call, some people were shouting for help. When the rescue team entered the building, they found three bodies lying near the bedroom door on the first floor of the duplex,” the official said.
Smoke inhalation may have caused the victims’ deaths. According to Jadeja, some of the body parts were discovered burned.
The deceased were identified as Jayesh Vaghela (40), his wife Hansaben (35) and their son Rohan. The bodies were sent to a government hospital for post-mortem.
The firefighting team managed to control the blaze before it could spread to other parts of the house, the official said.
An investigation is on into the incident.