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16 killed, 15 injured in fire at explosives making factory

Ten feared people were feared killed after a fire broke out on Thursday following a blast at an ammunition factory near Tiruchirappalli gutting two floors of the building.

india Updated: Dec 01, 2016 15:57 IST
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
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At least 10 people were feared dead after a fire broke out in an ammunitions factory in Tamil Nadu’s Trichy district.(ANI Photo)

Sixteen persons were feared killed and 15 injured in a fire at an explosive-making unit at Murugapatti, near Tiruchirappalli, on Thursday, police said.

The reason for the fire was not known immediately, police said, adding, three fire fighting units and 10 ambulances were pressed into service.

The fire was noticed in one of the manufacturing wings of the factory and it soon spread to other areas. The noise triggered panic among people in the surrounding area and impact of the blast were felt even two away from the site, forcing officials to stop traffic on Athur road, police said.

A total of 200 workers were present at the compound, which is spread over 5 acres.

“The ground and first floors of the factory have completely collapsed,” said Fire and Rescue services officials.

“The fire is under control now.”

As the area was receiving heavy rains, rescue operations could not be taken up in full swing, though the fire had been almost contained, police said.

There were 15 mini-units in the factory which was manufacturing explosives for deepening and widening wells in the rocky belts.

The licensed unit was working for more than 25 years, police said.

First Published: Dec 01, 2016 10:04 IST