8 killed in firecracker unit blaze in T’gana

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jul 2018 08:47:34



A BLAZE ripped through a firecracker manufacturing unit on the outskirts of Telangana’s Warangal city on Wednesday, setting off a series of blasts that left eight people dead and five injured, officials said.
The owner of the unit was arrested in connection with the major fire accident, they said.

The cause of the fire that quickly spread to large parts of the factory at Kotilingala area of Warangal, about 150 km north-east of State capital Hyderabad, was not yet known.
“There were two huge blasts followed by smaller ones,” Warangal District Fire Officer M Bhagwan Reddy told PTI. He said the exact cause of the blaze and the blasts was being ascertained.

Three of those killed were charred beyond recognition, an official said.Body parts were strewn across the place, which lay enveloped in soot and stench of burnt flesh.
Many of the deceased were suspected to be women as most workers at the factory were women from nearby localities, District Collector M Haritha said.

Warangal Police Commissioner V Ravinder said the owner of the unit P Rajkumar has been arrested and a case under IPC Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 285 (Negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter) and relevant sections of Explosives Act has been registered against him.
Telangana Deputy Chief Minister K Srihari, who rushed to the scene of the tragedy, told reporters that eight people were killed in the incident, while the five wounded were shifted to a government hospital in Warangal.

An earlier report quoting Haritha, the Warangal (Rural) District Collector, had said 10 workers were killed and two injured in the incident. She later clarified the confusion about the death toll was due to the bodies having got dismembered under the impact of the explosions.