Pune: At least 18 staffers of a chemical factory here have died and many missing following a massive fire in the firm’s sanitiser-manufacturing unit on Monday evening.
A big local fire department contingent was present on the spot to battle the blaze and rescue others who are stuck inside, according to officials.
At least six fire engines immediately rushed to the SVS Aqua Technologies plant in Pune, reported news agency PTI.
However, the local fire department was quoted as saying by NDTV that 37 employees had been working inside the unit when the fire broke out; 20 of them were rescued so far.
“According to company officials, at least 17 of their workers were missing after the blaze broke out,” an official was quoted as saying by the news agency.
The fire is now reportedly under control and search for the missing workers is underway, the officials said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences to the bereaved families.
Pained by the loss of lives due to a fire at a factory in Pune, Maharashtra. Condolences to the bereaved families.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 7, 2021