Fire engulfs factory after blast in Nashik, casualties feared
Nashik, January 1, 2023
A deafening blast followed by a major fire engulfed a factory in Igatpuri in Nashik district of Maharashtra on Sunday morning.
The explosion, reportedly in a boiler in the factory, was followed by a huge blaze, occurred around 11.30 a.m.
Eyewitnesses claimed that at least 250 workers were in the premises but a majority of them managed to escape to safety.
However, over a dozen are still feared trapped there and efforts are on to rescue them.
Nashik Collector Gangatharan D. and Nashik Rural Superintendent of Police Sachin Patil are reviewing the situation.
Around a dozen fire tenders from Igatpuri and Nashik city have also reached the spot to battle the conflagration.
Huge clouds of grey and white smoke were visible from long distances and the huge explosion was heard from a long distance.
Rural Development Minister Dada Bhuse, who is the Guardian Minister of Nashik district, has rushed to the spot, and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is likely to go there later this afternoon.