Five workers were injured when a factory collapsed after it was struck by lightning at Nabha on Sunday morning. The lightning also triggered an LPG cylinder blast that resulted in a major fire at the building.
“Lightning struck Gill Combines near Rohti bridge around 4 am. The entire structure collapsed and the labourers who were sleeping inside the building were injured,” said an official.
“I was woken up by a blast sound. As I came out, I saw a worker with fire on his clothes. Luckily, it was raining outside, so we managed to save him,” said Inderpal, who, along with his brother, helped in rescuing the injured. The cops from a nearby police station also reached the spot after some time.
While two injured were admitted to the Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, three others were referred to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
Factory owner Manjit Singh Gill, said, “Though I have suffered a heavy loss, I am thankful to the Almighty that there was no loss of life.”
Eyewitnesses said fire tenders from Patiala reached around 5.30 am when most of the damage had been done. Nabha does not have a fire station.
Patiala-2 deputy superintendent of police Varinder Singh said: “As per eyewitnesses, lightining and the resulting blast destroyed the building. We are investigating and waiting for a forensic report that will be submitted soon.”