In an unfortunate incident, a woman died and her husband sustained serious injuries after a faulty oxygen concentrator the man was using owing to breathing difficulties post COVID-19 exploded. The faulty oxygen concentrator exploded in the Udai Mor locality of Rajasthan’s Gangapur where it was being used at home.
The couple’s two sons, aged 10 and 12, were away from the house at the time of the accident and are unscathed.
Meanwhile, the police have registered a case and are interrogating the shopkeeper who supplied the oxygen concentrator. The shopkeeper has reportedly told the cops that the machine was manufactured in China. Preliminary investigation indicates the compressor in the device exploded, though the exact cause is yet to be ascertained.
Sultan Singh, brother of IAS Har Sahay Meena, was experiencing breathing troubles for the past two months due to COVID-19. An oxygen concentrator was arranged to help him breathe and he was recovering at home. His wife Santosh Meena, headmistress at a girls’ high school, was looking after him.
On Saturday morning, as soon as Santosh Meena switched on the lights, the oxygen concentrator exploded. It is believed that the machine had leaked oxygen, which ignited and set the entire house ablaze when the switch was turned on.
Neighbours who heard the blast rushed out and found the couple screaming, engulfed in the flames. The two were pulled out of the blaze and taken to a hospital, but Santosh Meena succumbed on the way. Sultan Singh has been shifted to a hospital in Jaipur for treatment and his condition is reported to be critical.
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