Four labourers were charred to death in a fire that broke out at a plastic factory in Bhiwandi following an alleged short circuit on Sunday morning. Besides the loss of life, raw material worth lakhs was also gutted in the fire. The deceased were identified as Sarika Anand Dasare, 25, Nirmala Madhukar Jadugar, 35, Anuradha Dyaneshwar Nimbode,17, and Manoj Kumar, 25.
Officers from Narpoli police station said 16 people were working at Sarvoday beads factory at Harihar compound in Dapoda when the mishap occurred around 10.45 am. Within minutes, the fire engulfed the entire factory.
“The four were standing in a corner, hoping to avoid coming in contact with any of the burning equipment. However, one of the machines in front of them caught fire and they all got trapped. Eventually, they were charred to death,” said Suresh Jadhav, senior inspector from Narpoli police station.
Their bodies were sent to Indira Gandhi Memorial (IGM ) hospital and were handed over to their respective families after post-mortem.
More than two fire engines and a dozen water tankers were pressed into action. It took fire fighters more than three hours to bring the situation under control. However, it was in the evening that the fire was finally doused.
Jadhav said, “We have registered an accidental death report (ADR) and are in the process of adding more sections. Investigation is on to ascertain the cause of fire, which prima facie appears to be short circuit. The factory owner will be summoned to the police station and his statement will be recorded.”
The police had to resort to head count of the workers in the factory when the fire broke out to identify the deceased. “Those trying to identify the deceased were shocked after seeing at the charred bodies,” said an officer from Narpoli police station.
A fireman said, “The deceased hardly got time to leave the factory, as there was no emergency exit. We want the police to ask the owner to make proper arrangements in case of an emergency. This is the third fire incident in last three days, and a total of five people have died and raw material worth crores have been lost in these mishaps.”
He added that a similar incident took place in the evening at Aangaon.
“The second fire broke out at a chemical factory, which falls in the jurisdiction of Bhiwandi rural police. Six water tankers and two fire engines were rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. Fortunately, no one was injured in the mishap.”