Thane: Five children were charred to death in Bhiwandi town of Thane district after their house caught fire, police said on Sunday.
"Five children were charred to death when a fire broke out at their home in the Shantinagar chawl. Their mother Sonkali Gupta, 40, is battling for life after she suffered severe burns," an official from Bhiwandi`s Shantinagar police station said.
"The father of these children, Mohanlal, came here this afternoon and registered a report. The fire broke out late Saturday," the official said adding that the cause of fire is still not known.
The children have been identified as Priya (12), Riya (10), Nitin (7), Preeti (5) and Nitesh, who was only seven months old.