Eight people including two women suffered burn injuries after a major fire broke out at an agro oil company in Mandideep area of Raisen district, about 22 km south of Bhopal, on Thursday morning.
The condition of one of the injured is stated to be critical and he has been admitted to Hamidia Hospital in Bhopal. Goods worth about Rs 3-5 crore have been gutted in the fire.
"The exact loss in the fire could be estimated by tomorrow, but we believe the loss is about Rs 3-5 crore," said Anil Agrawal, owner of Sanwaria Agro Oil Company.
According to information, the fire broke out at Sanwaria Agro Oil Company plant around 8 am. The company produces soybean oil.
The fire first broke out at de-oiled cake (DOC) bags of soybean, reportedly due to a short circuit. Soon, the fire spread to other parts of the plant. Eight workers, who were on duty, sustained burn injuries in the fire.
Those who have sustained burn injuries are Suraj Ahirwar, Vimala Bai, Maniram, Kamla Bai, Munnalal, Arvind, Bhagat Singh and one more.
On getting information, 12 fire tenders rushed to the spot and took about three hours to douse the fire.
Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Mandideep, Rajesh Shrivastava said the exact reason of fire is yet to be established, but it is suspected that the fire broke out due to short circuit.
"A probe has been ordered to find out the reason of fire. The injured are being treated at a hospital in Mandideep and those who suffered critical injuries have been referred to Bhopal," Shrivastava said.
"We have started investigation in the incident. It will also be checked whether workers were given essential equipment by the company or not. The probe would be completed soon and action would be taken as per the probe report," said deputy director of Industrial Health and Security, Mandideep, DM Nema.
(With inputs from SC Goyal)