A massive fire broke out in a cracker manufacturing unit in Warangal, Telangana, at 11 am on Wednesday, killing ten people. Fifteen workers were reportedly inside the factory when the fire broke out.
Three workers are extremely critical, and have been admitted to MGM Hospital in Warangal. Two others are yet to be found. Six out of the 10 victims were women. One minor boy has also reportedly died in the accident.
The fire broke out at Bhadrakali Fireworks, situated in the Kashibugga area.
#Telangana 10 people dead in fire at a firecracker godown near Koti Lingala Temple, 4 fire tenders present at the spot: Collector, Warangal Districtâ€” ANI (@ANI) July 4, 2018
Warangal Rural Collector M Haritha also visited the spot and said that an enquiry would be conducted.
The bodies are yet to be identified, and the police are struggling as some of them are charred beyond recognition. Family members are reportedly at the MGM Hospital mortuary to identify their relatives.
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, but police suspect that it may have been a short circuit. The factory is run by one Gullapelli Rajkumar. He is absconding, and the police is on the lookout for him.
Thick black smoke could be seen billowing out of the factory. Four to five fire engines have been pressed into service, and the fire is reportedly under control.