Mumbai: Four young staffers of the IndusInd Bank were burnt to death in a major fire that broke out after an explosion in the bank's building in suburban Andheri East in Mumbai on Friday, officials said.

The fire broke out in a back office section of the bank in its multi-storeyed building in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area around 11.30 pm on Thursday.

The city fire brigade rushed to the scene of the blaze and rescued many of the 20-odd employees trapped inside. However, some staffers ran helter-skelter in panic, lost their sense of direction, and could not be saved, fire officials said.

Early on Friday, four employees were found dead. The dead were identified as Atanu Laha, 35, Rakesh Shirkar, 24, Rohan Katkare, 25, and Sandeep Naik, 25.

The cause of the explosion and the blaze has not yet been established. 

(Agencies)

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