Twelve persons, including five women, suffered serious burn injuries in a sudden explosion that took place in a hose-manufacturing factory at Industrial Estate Extension on Tuesday morning in the city.
Two women, identified as Sandhya and Kashmir Kaur, sustained 100 per cent and 70 per cent burn injuries, respectively, in a massive fire that erupted after the explosion.
They were admitted to the Pasricha Hospital near Kapurthala Chowk.
Both were in a critical condition till the filling of the report.
Chanda Kumari, Rukiya, Megh Nath, Sunil, Som Nath, Satpal Singh and two others, who sustained 30 per cent burns, were undergoing treatment at Kapoor and Janta hospitals near Pathankot Bypass Chowk.
Police arrived on the spot late by an hour claiming that nobody informed them about the fire incident and they leant of the same from the media.
Report said about 15 workers were engaged in the “solution unit” of the factory when a sudden blast occurred around 11.30am following which a massive fire broke out since chemical thinner and petroleum products were stored inside the unit.
The temporary roof of the factory also got damaged due to the impact of the blast. Raw material of hose also caught fire.
The workers ran outside the factory and others saved them by pouring water on them. They were taken to hospitals by factory owners.
Geeta Devi (60), mother of Rukia (21), who was injured in the fire, said her daughter was working in the factory for the past three years and she got information about the incident from other factory workers.
Six fire tenders were rushed to spot and controlled the flames within an hour.
Most of the victims are admitted to the Kapoor Hospital. Their family members were seen wailing. The police team headed by SHO Naresh Joshi which arrived late on the spot blamed the factory owners for not informing them.
DCP Rajinder Singh said they are investigating the matter and experts’ are also being consulted about the reason behind the massive fire at the factory.
He said a daily diary report (DDR) has been filed in this connection at the police station-8.