At least 12 workers were killed and five others missing after a major fire broke out at a chemical company located in an industrial area in Pune on Monday.
According to the officials from PMRDA (Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority), at least six fire tenders were sent to the plant of SVS Aqua Technologies in the Pirangut MIDC area to douse the flames.
"Due to some spark at the (packaging) section, the fire broke out and as there was plastic around, it spread rapidly," said Devendra Potphode, chief fire officer, PMRDA Fire Services.
Dr Abhinav Deshmukh, Superintendent of Police, Pune district, said the plant is engaged in producing chlorine dioxide for water purification.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the incident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased. He also announced that Rs 50,000 would be provided to those injured.
"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," a tweet by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.
"Pained by the loss of lives due to a fire at a factory in Pune, Maharashtra. Condolences to the bereaved families," Modi tweeted.
(Edited by: By Aditi Gautam)
First Published: IST