Dhule | At least 13 workers were killed and 58 injured in a massive fire and blast in Maharashtra’s Dhule district on Saturday morning, police said.
The blast happened at a chemical factory caused due to multiple gas cylinders exploding.
Around 100 workers were present in the factory in Waghadi village in Shirpur taluka when the explosion occurred around 9:45 am, police said.
Several relief teams including the police, disaster management, fire brigade have been conducting rescue operations.
The injured were undergoing treatment at various hospitals, said Dhule district guardian minister Dada Bhuse.
“I have visited the spot and have ordered a probe into the incident to find out if there was any illegality involved in the fire incident. Nobody will be spared if found guilty,” said Bhuse.
He said the detailed information of the probe would be announced later as the first priority was to treat the injured.
Maharashtra chief minister expressed grief over the loss of lives in explosion and announced ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased.
Home Minster Amit Shah expressed condolences over the incident and informed that he spoke to the Maharashtra CM. Amit Shah assured that the state government is doing everything possible to assist the people in need.
Anguished to learn about the loss of lives due to explosion at a chemical factory in Dhule, Maharashtra. Have spoken to CM @Dev_Fadnavis, state govt is doing everything possible to assist the people in need. My condolences with the bereaved families. May injured recover soon.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 31, 2019
The state government has also announced that it will bear the cost of treatment of the injured.
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