18 dead in India sanitiser-manufacturing factory fire
Published: 11:39 AM, 8 June 2021
At least 18 people have died in a fire that broke out in a sanitiser-manufacturing factory in the western Indian city of Pune.
Citing the local fire department, NDTV reported that 37 employees had been working inside the unit when the fire broke out around 15:45 local time (10:15 GMT) on Monday; many of them were rescued.
On information, fire engines rushed to the spot as smoke billowed from the compound - firemen had to break walls on either side to rescue people.
The fire started during packing of plastic materials in the premises, the fire department said.
"Due to some spark at the (packaging) section, the fire broke out and as there was plastic around, so it spread rapidly," an official told PTI.
The factory belonged to SV Aqua Technologies, a company that makes chlorine dioxide products, which is typically used in water treatment.