Woman Burnt Alive On Flame-Ravaged Balcony In Front Of Shocked Onlookers

This is the shocking moment a woman is seen burning alive on her flame-ravaged balcony that is fenced and has no escape in front of screaming onlookers.

The woman and her elderly mother were reportedly killed in the flat blaze that took place in Devarachikkana Halli in the city of Bangalore in the Indian state of Karnataka on Tuesday afternoon.

The victims have been named as Lakshmidevi, 82, and her daughter Bhagyarekha, 59.

Mother and daughter killed in a fire in apartment in Bengaluru in India, in September 2021. (CEN)

Bhagyarekha is said to be the woman seen burning alive in the footage filmed by onlookers.

Her husband, named as 62-year-old Bhimsen Rao, suffered minor injuries while trying to save the two victims during the flat fire and is receiving treatment in hospital.

Neighbour and eyewitness Naveen Reddy told local media: “We came running out after we heard an explosion-like sound only to find fire billowing out of a second-floor flat.

Mother and daughter killed in a fire in apartment in Bengaluru in India, in September 2021. (CEN)

“A woman, who was on fire, was screaming for help from the balcony. The balcony was grilled and hence nobody could intervene and save her.”

An unnamed resident told reporters: “We heard an explosion around 4.15 pm when I was on an online meeting. We immediately rushed out, and saw the flat on fire. We got everyone evacuated from the apartment (building).”

According to local media, Bhagyarekha and Bhimsen lived in flat 210 with Lakshmidevi while the couple’s daughter lived next door in 211.

Mother and daughter killed in a fire in apartment in Bengaluru in India, in September 2021. (CEN)

Just the day before, Bhagyarekha and Bhimsen had returned from visiting their other daughter in the US for six months.

For half a year, flat 210 was locked up while Lakshmidevi stayed with her granddaughter in 211.

Bhagyarekha and Bhimsen spent Monday night in their daughter’s flat after arriving in India from the US with jetlag, and returned to their own apartment next door the following fateful day.

Mother and daughter killed in a fire in apartment in Bengaluru in India, in September 2021. (CEN)

Bhagyarekha and Lakshmidevi were cleaning the flat ready to start living there after a six-month absence when the fire started.

Bhimsen was sleeping in his daughter’s flat and the pair tried to save the two women in the burning flat. The man suffered burns to his hair and forehead while trying to break in, according to reports.

Local media said the blaze consumed two adjoining apartment units. It is unclear if the other was 211 or another flat.

Mother and daughter killed in a fire in apartment in Bengaluru in India, in September 2021. (CEN)

It also remains unclear what caused the blaze. Initial reports said it was started by an exploding gas bottle, however the fire department later ruled this out.

The investigation is ongoing.