A massive fire broke out at a hand gloves making factory in Maharashtra’s Thane district on Tuesday, killing six workers and injuring 10 others, officials said. The blaze, which started around 3 pm, engulfed the entire unit located in the Asangaon area of Shahapur taluka, they said.
Cause of fire under investigation
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, but preliminary reports suggest that a short circuit or a gas cylinder blast might have triggered it, a police official said. The fire brigade and police teams rushed to the spot and launched a rescue operation, he said. The flames were brought under control after about two hours, he added.
Six workers charred to death, 10 injured
Six workers, who were trapped inside the factory, were charred to death, while 10 others managed to escape with injuries, the official said. The deceased were identified as Ramesh Yadav (40), Raju Yadav (35), Santosh Yadav (30), Ram Naresh Yadav (25), Ram Prasad Yadav (20) and Ram Kishan Yadav (18), all natives of Uttar Pradesh, he said. The injured workers were admitted to a nearby hospital, where their condition was stated to be stable, he said.
Factory owner booked for negligence
The police have registered a case of accidental death and booked the factory owner, Rajesh Gupta, for negligence and violation of safety norms, the official said. The factory, which was operating without proper permissions, had about 40 workers, mostly migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, he said. The district administration has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the injured, he said.
CM expresses grief, orders probe
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expressed grief over the loss of lives in the fire and ordered a probe into the incident. He also directed the authorities to provide all possible assistance to the victims and their families, a statement from his office said. Thackeray said that such incidents can be prevented by ensuring compliance with safety rules and regulations, and asked the officials to take strict action against those found guilty of negligence, the statement said.