Ahmedabad: Six people were killed and eight others injured on Wednesday when a portion of a godown of chemicals collapsed after a powerful explosion ripped through it near in Gujarat, officials said.
At least 14 persons have been pulled out of the debris so far and the rescue operation is ongoing, a senior official from the fire department said, adding that the building housing the godown was located on Pirana-Piplaj Road, an industrial area.
An official had earlier said the explosion was triggered by a fire.
“Fire personnel rushed to the spot upon learning about the explosion and pulled out 14 persons from the rubble till now. All were shifted to LG Hospital in '108' ambulances,” said Chief Fire Officer M.F. Dastur.
He said machinery has been used to break concrete slabs to extricate the trapped people.
Meanwhile, the government hospital said six of the 14 persons have been either declared “brought dead” or died shortly after admission.
“The remaining eight injured persons are undergoing treatment,” it said in a statement.
A fire control room official said at least 26 rescue and fire-fighting vehicles were sent to the spot after a fire-explosion call was received at around 11 am.
“The chemical godown building caved in following an explosion. Rescue operations are still underway. We have initiated an inquiry into this incident,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Munia.
Meanwhile, labourers working in adjacent buildings told reporters that the explosion was so powerful that it destroyed the walls of the godown, leading to the roof collapsing on the people working inside.