New Delhi: At least 12 workers lost their lives and 14 others were left injured on Tuesday in a blast at the Bhilai Steel Plant in Durg district of Chhattisgarh. The blast reportedly took place at around 11 AM in a pipeline near coke oven section of the plant in Bhilai town, located around 30 km from the state capital Raipur. The plant is run by the state-run Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).

Speaking to news agency PTI, Inspector General of Police (Durg Range) G P Singh, said,”At least six people were burnt to death while 14 others received injuries and most of them were said to be in a serious condition,” he said.

He added,”As per preliminary information, over 24 employees were working at the spot when the accident occurred. Police personnel, rescue team rushed to the spot and the injured were taken to a local hospital.”

More details in the incident awaited.

Earlier in 2014, six workers at the Bhilai Steel Plant lost their lives because of an explosion in the blast furnace.

Last year in November, a blast at a National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited plant at Unchahar district of Uttar Pradesh left 42 people dead and scores injured.