Ghaziabad: At least 8 killed, several injured in Modi Nagar candle factory blast2 min read . Updated: 05 Jul 2020, 06:32 PM IST
- The administration has announced a compensation of ₹4 lakh each for the families of the seven dead workers
- The injured will be given ₹50,000 each
Ghaziabad: At least eight people including six women and a 16-year-old boy were killed Sunday when a fire ripped through a candle-manufacturing factory where they worked, officials said.
Four other workers were injured in the blaze at the Modi Nagar unit which stocked highly inflammatory material.
Officials said the exact counts of the injured and the dead would be known after the removal of debris.
The explosion took place in a factory located in the Modi Nagar area around 3 pm, prompting immediate deployment of police and fire-fighters at the spot, police officials said.
Several fire tenders and policemen rushed to Bakhrwa village in Modi Nagar when the fire was reported.
The police said more than a dozen workers were inside the factory in Ghaziabad when an explosion brought down the roof and gutted the building.
The police did not rule out the possibility of some people still being trapped under the debris.
The factory was being run in a rented house.
The SSP said the factory was operating illegally. "Candles generally used in birthday cakes were being manufactured at the factory. These candles generally have very small amount of explosives in them since they are to be used at homes and functions," police added.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also took cognisance of the incident.
Adityanath has directed District Magistrate (DM) and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) to reach the spot and provide immediate relief to those who sustained injuries in the incident.
"UP Chief Minister directed District Magistrate (DM) and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) to reach the spot and provide immediate relief to the injured in the fire incident at a candle factory in Bakharwa village of Modinagar, Ghaziabad," said Uttar Pradesh Chief minister's office.
He also condoled the death of people who were killed in the incident.
"Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed condolences on the death of the people in the incident of fire in a candle factory in Bakhrwa village of Modi Nagar, Ghaziabad," the Chief Minister's Office tweeted.
It was not immediately clear if the factory operated legally.
The in-charge of police post in the area was suspended for alleged dereliction of duty.
An FIR has been registered against the owner of the building and a magisterial inquiry ordered, officials said.
The factory owner is on the run and efforts are being made to nab him, they added.
The administration has announced a compensation of ₹4 lakh each for the families of the seven dead workers. The injured will be given ₹50,000 each.