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In a tragic incident that took place in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore, a man and his daughter met their demise after their e-bike caught fire, suffocating them in their asbestos sheet-laden house in the wee hours on Saturday. Also Read - Ola Electric beats Okinawa, Hero Electric to become top selling 2-wheeler EV company
According to the Police report, M. Duraivarma who ran a photo studio bought a new e-bike and had plugged its charger into an old socket in the entrance of his house on Friday night. During the charging process, an electrical short circuit led to the e-bike catching fire and the smoke spread through the residence. Suffocating on the smoke, Duraivarma and his 13-year-old daughter Mohana Preethi met their demise. Also Read - Watch Video: Angry man in Maharashtra ties Ola electric scooter to donkey, parades it around town
The Police states that the socket might be an old one with less voltage capacity to charge an e-bike.
The fire was noticed at around 1 AM by the locals, who alerted the police and Duraivarma’s sister. They tried to put out the flames, but were unsuccessful as the fire was thick and had spread to a nearby petrol bike.
After firefighters put out the flames and entered the house, both the father and the daughter were found dead with minor injuries. The family is now survived by Duraivarma’s son, who went to stay with a close relative. The daughter had come back after several months as she was staying at a relative’s place at Thiruvannamalai for getting a better education.
The brand of the e-bike has not been revealed, and the police investigation is still going on. The fire could have had been caused due to old circuitry, however, electric vehicles are supposed to come with safeguards to protect their users from such incidents.