Rourkela fire: 1 dead, 3 injured as firecracker shop goes up in flames

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New Delhi | Published: October 18, 2017 11:14:16 AM

At least one person was killed and three others were injured in a fire that broke out in a firecracker shop in Odisha's Rourkela early in the morning on Wednesday.

Rourkela fire, Odisha, short circuit in firecracker shop, fire accidentFire in Rourkela’s market after short circuit in a firecracker shop earlier today completely doused. (ANI)

At least one person was killed and three others were injured in a fire that broke out in a firecracker shop in Odisha’s Rourkela early in the morning on Wednesday. The incident took place due to a short circuit in the firecracker shop. The police is yet to confirm the reason for the incident.

The tragedy took place between 2:30 am and 3 am in the morning. A probe has been initiated and the identification of the casualty has not been done as yet, Ramesh Chandra Dora, Inspector-in-charge Rourkela Power House Police Station, was quoted as saying by the website.

According to an eyewitness Sanjeev Kumar, who also owned a firecracker shop nearby, he was sleeping at the time of the incident and added that soon after noticing the fire he had run away from the market. The flames have been doused and the injured have been shifted to nearby areas.

Earlier this month, as many as 28 workers, which included 25 women, were admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh after they fell unconscious when a fire broke out at Dev Darshan dhoop factory. At least 25 victims were discharged same day.

“They (patients) came with breathing problems. Most of them are women workers and all of them are stable. None of the patients had suffered any burn injuries. We provided them oxygen after they were admitted. They are being monitored continuously and will be discharged if they are declared fit by doctors,” GMCH director principal A K Janmeja was quoted as saying by Indian Express.

Speaking about the incident, victims said there was a stampede-like situation inside the factory. “We were doing the packing and suddenly everyone started moving out of the factory after coming to know there was a fire. There was only one exit gate which created panic among the workers,” Kallavati, a Dhanas resident was quoted as saying by the paper.

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