Massive Fire Breaks Out At A Chemical Factory Near Pune, 18 Dead
PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have expressed grief over this accident and have announced a relief amount of 2 lakh rupees for grieving families.
A massive fire broke out at a chemical factory near Pune on Monday, claiming the lives of 18 workers. As per the reports, PMRDA fire chief, Devendra Potphode, said that 37 workers were inside the factory when the fire broke out. PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have expressed grief over this accident. The government has also announced a relief amount of 2 lakh rupees for grieving families.
Take a look at PM Modi’s tweet below:
The Prime Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from the PMNRF for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a fire at an industrial unit in Pune, Maharashtra. Rs. 50,000 would be provided to those injured.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 7, 2021
As per the reports, the cause of the fire remains undermined as of now. However, as the fire broke out at a chemical factory, it spread quite rapidly. Reports claim that those who got caught up with the flames could not be rescued. Only those who managed to escape the fire were brought to safety by the team.
As per the reports, PMRDA fire officers informed the media that ‘water purifying chemicals’ were being synthesized in the factory. Factory workers were packing the water purifying tablets in a very small and congested area. Even the raw materials were ‘jam-packed’ in the room where the fire started.
PMRDA fire chief, Devendra Potphode, reportedly said that his team received a call around 4 pm regarding the fire. Fire brigades immediately rushed to the spot. Initially, there was a lot of heat and dense smoke which made it hard to figure out how to enter the factory and tackle the situation. When the fire officers found out it is a chemical factory, they used water, foam etc. to put off the fire. Apart from this they also used breathing apparatus and Person Protecting Equipment to enter the factory.
Devendra Potphode further said, ‘We were initially informed that 37 workers are there in the factory’. Police officials have stated that they’re still investigating how the fire broke out.