New Delhi: A massive fire broke out at a garments godown in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad. The mishap claimed the lives of nine workers.
Rescue operation is underway at the site.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences and asked the authorities to provide all possible facilities to the affected.
Modi took his Twitter handle and wrote, “Anguished by the loss of lives due to a fire in a godown in Ahmedabad. Condolences to the bereaved families. Prayers with the injured. Authorities are providing all possible assistance to the affected.”
As per reports by PTI, the officials on Wednesday said that nine people died and eight others were injured after a portion of a godown that stored chemicals collapsed after a powerful explosion ripped it apart.
A senior fire official said, as of now, about people have been pulled out from the debris and the rescue operation is also going on. The official added that the building housing the godown was located on the Pirana-Piplaj Road, which is an industrial area.
The chief fire officer MF Dastur said that fire personnel rushed to the affected area after learning the explosion.
Dastur said that 14 people were shifted to LG Hospital in ‘108’ ambulances and machinery were sent which are used to break the concrete slabs to clear the debris.
The government hospital stated that six out the total people brought in were declared “brought dead” or they died shortly after admission.
The hospital said in a statement, “Remaining eight injured persons are undergoing treatment,” as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashok Munia said that investigation has been ordered into the accident.
“The chemical godown building caved in following an explosion. Rescue operation is still underway. We have initiated an inquiry into this incident” Munia added.