At least 13 people were injured when a fire broke out at a fireworks factory Sunday in South 24 Parganas district’s Sonarpur area, police said.
The owner of the factory, who was also injured in the fire, was detained, a senior officer of Sonarpur Police Station said.
Nine of the injured have been released after preliminary medical assistance at Baruipur hospital. The condition of one among the remaining four, who were referred to a state-run hospital in the city, is stated to be critical, he said.
The incident occurred at Sonarpur’s Gobindopur area.
Three fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames which broke out at the factory at around 12.40 pm on Sunday, a fire department official said. “This was a small factory with only a tin shed and small walls on four sides. There were some finished and unfinished firecrackers at the factory,” the official said.
West Bengal: A fire has broken out at a firecracker factory at Gobindapur bypass in South 24 Parganas district. Three explosions were heard. Ten workers of the factory injured and taken to a hospital. One employee has been detained by the police while the owner is absconding. pic.twitter.com/1UYyfr0EwI— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2018
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, a police officer said adding that there was a couple of blasts from the factory which damaged a few nearby houses too. The fire was doused at around 3.40 pm, he said.
“The owner is undergoing treatment in the hospital and we are waiting for his release to question him,” the police officer said.
Other materials and commodities used to manufacture firecrackers were seized from the factory, the officer added.