12 people were killed by a big blast at a factory in India, Wednesday

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Another work accident occurred in India, with many victims. A powerful blast Wednesday rocked a cotton factory warehouse storing chemicals on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in Gujarat state in western India and killed 12 people, a rescue official said. A fire followed. The dead included five womenS ome nearby buildings also were damaged. A portion of the warehouse collapsed. Twenty-four fire engines and more than 50 firefighters doused the blaze after several hours.

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The firefighting teams which rushed to the spot have rescued 18 persons from under the rubble. Television images showed several workers fleeing. It’s believed the blast occurred inside a chemical laboratory. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “anguished by the loss of lives due to the fire in the warehouse in Ahmedabad.” Poor safety standards are a frequent cause of fires in India. An investigation is ongoing to clarify why the blast occurred.