3 charred to death, several grievously injured in factory fire

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 May 2017 12:04:52


Staff Reporter,

Raipur,

A paint factory in Bhanpuri area catches fire after a powerful explosion which was heard by the people from miles.


The explosion was so intense that according to the residents it shook their houses.

A low intensity explosion took place in the factory four years back, but the govt officials ignored the demand of the public, rather they issued an NoC.

Three persons, including a woman, were charred to death in a major factory fire occurred at Bhanpuri on Monday. According to information, MP Paint Factory in Khamtarai police station area of Bhanpuri caught fire around 11 am on Monday, engulfing factory owner Krishna Saggar and two labourers. Some labourers received grievous burns and were shifted to a hospital. The identity of the death victims could not be identified till filing this report. The exact reason behind the fire also could not be ascertained even as cylinder blast is said to be the reason behind.


According to the local people, they heard a powerful explosion that shook their houses situated in the 100 metre diameter area of the factory. It is to be mentioned that the factory is situated near Vidya Sagar School and fortunately school was closed due to summer vacation.


The house of the factory owner is attached with the factory and thus family members of Krishna, including son Pratik Saggar, daughter-in-law Shweta Saggar came under the impact of the fire as they received severe burn injuries. Besides, woman labourer Sangeeta Vishwakarma sustained severe burns. These three persons were serious, according to information. Another son of the factory owner Krishna and daughter-in-law managed to escape the fire while an elderly woman and a two and a half year child was rescued by the people.


Fire brigade reached the fire site soon after receiving the information and it took the fire brigade team nearly two and a half hour to control the fire. According to the team, five persons were seriously burned and bodies of three persons were removed from the fire site. Three labourers working in the factory were still missing.


The factory is situated in the residential areas in Banpuri and it used to manufacture oil paints. A low intensity explosion took place in the factory four year back. However, no damage was done. Following the incident, the resident demanded the shifting of the factory, but the government officials did not pay heed to the people’s plea. Moreover, the factory owner managed to obtain an NOC for the factory.
Police further informed that it was possible to recover bodies only after the wall of factory was demolished using JCB machine as there was no other way out.