Five people, including two fire brigade personnel, were killed in a fire that broke out in a factory in this Himachal Pradesh town on Wednesday, police said.
At least four workers of the factory, which made electrical appliances, were missing and a police officer feared that if they were trapped inside the premises they would be dead.
The "fire broke out in the factory named Advantec group in the wee hours on Wednesday. Fire tenders were called from the neighbouring towns of Baddi, Parwanoo and even from Ropar town in Punjab," Sumedha Dwivedi, senior superintendent of police (Baddi), told IANS.
"According to confirmed reports, five people have been killed that include two fire brigade officials," who were buried after a wall collapse while controlling the flames, Dwivedi said.
"The other three dead are factory workers who were there on the night shift," she said.
Nalagarh town, an industrial hub of Himachal Pradesh, is around 60 km from union territory of Chandigarh.
The fire was brought under control by noon on Wednesday but the police officer said flames were still billowing out of the basement area.
Fire fighters "are facing difficulty due to the presence of combustible material and highly inflammable gases," Dwivedi said.