Fire in Kanpur guts a chemical factory

April 20th, 2008 - 1:50 pm ICT by admin  

Kanpur, Apr 20 (ANI): A massive fire broke out in Kanpur around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, gutting down a petrochemical factory and killing one person.

There were about 87 labourers in the factory and got stranded in the factory when the fire broke out.

Around 20 Fire engines were rushed to the spot immediately to douse the fire before it spread to the neighbouring buildings.

Army personnel have also been called in to help the firefighters. According to sources, 15 people were rescued out of which 7 people were severely injured.

Though the reason behind the massive fire outbreak has not been ascertained as yet, according to eyewitnesses, the factory housed inflammable material due to which the fire spilled out of control.

“There are minimum 10-12 people who are still trapped inside. We don’t even know if firefighters will be able to save them or not,” said Sahib Singh, an eyewitness.

Rescue operations are still in progress and investigations are being carried out to ascertain the reason behind the accident. (ANI)

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