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.
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.