Tahlka news Bureau, Bareilly: Six members of a family, all minors, were killed when a fire broke out in their house early Friday morning, police said. The incident occurred near Kali Dham temple in cantonment area under Quila police station.
Among the deceased were five girls and a boy, all were between 10-17 years age. Victims were four sisters and their two cousins.
There were no elders in the house as the parents of the four sisters -- Raju Kashyap and his wife -- had gone to Pilibhit to attend a wedding function, they added.
The house apparently caught fire when the inmates forgot to put off a candle and went to sleep, police said. When people saw smoke and flames coming out from the house, they informed the police and fire brigade. The neighbours broke open the door and found that the thatched roof had collapsed.
Six bodies had been retrieved from the house, Fire officer Radhey Shyam said.
The deceased were identified as -- Saloni (17), Sanjana (15), Bhuri (10), Durga (8) -- all sisters, and their cousins Mahima (9) and Debu (7).
City SP Samir Saurah said, the bodies have been sent for postmortem.