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MP cracker factory fire: Death toll in Balaghat rises to 25

The fire broke out on Wednesday after an explosion at the Barsa firecracker factory in Khari village in Balaghat, about 440 km southeast of Bhopal.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2017 12:09 IST
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Rescuers try to douse the fire after an explosion in a firecracker factory in Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh.
Rescuers try to douse the fire after an explosion in a firecracker factory in Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh.(AP)

The toll in the massive blaze at a firecracker factory in Madhya Pradesh’s Balaghat rose to 25 on Thursday, as two of the injured who were sent to Nagpur for treatment succumbed to their injuries, officials said.

Speaking to HT, Balaghat superintendent of police Amit Sanghi confirmed the deaths.

“On Wednesday night, two of the six injured, sent to Nagpur for treatment, succumbed to their injuries”, he said.

Sanghi said an FIR has been lodged under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code that deals with culpable homicide against factory owner Waheed Ahmed Warsi, who was absconding.

The fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon after an explosion at the Barsa firecracker factory in Khari village in Balaghat, about 440 km southeast of Bhopal. Twenty-three people were killed on Wednesday.

People carry out rescue work near the site of the blast at a firecracker factory at Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh. (PTI)

The deceased were labourers who were working at the factory when the explosion took place. Due to the explosion, fire engulfed the factory within a short time, giving the workers no time to escape.

Balaghat collector Bharat Yadav said the reason behind the explosion could not be immediately ascertained and an inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

This was not the first such incident in Madhya Pradesh this year. In April, six people of a family were killed and many were injured in an explosion at an illegal firecracker factory inside a house in Seonda of Datia district. Later, in the same month, five people were killed in a fire that broke out at a crackers shop in Indore.