New Delhi: At least five workers of a chemical factory were killed and 57 others were injured on Wednesday in a huge fire that was caused by a blast in the boiler at Dahej in Bharuch district of Gujarat.Also Read - PM Modi Shares Stunning Video of Over 3000 Blackbucks Crossing a Road in Gujarat's Bhavnagar | Watch
As per updates, the death toll is likely to go up as the rescue operation is still on. “So far we have confirmed the death of five workers. Some dead bodies were recovered from the factory, while others died in hospitals. (Rescue) operation is still underway,” Bharuch Superintendent of Police RV Chudasama told PTI. Also Read - Dholavira, Harappan-era City in Gujarat, Added to UNESCO's World Heritage Site List
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Earlier, Bharuch collector MD Modia said residents of Lakhi and Luvara villages, located near the affected factory, were being evacuated as a precautionary measure. Plants containing poisonous chemicals are located nearby the factory where the blast took place.
To bring the situation under control, over 10 fire trucks had rushed to the spot. As part of the preventive measures, people in nearby villages have been evacuated to safer places as the chemical fire is poisonous and cause death.
Visuals shared on social media showed a long plume of black smoke rising from the plant that is located on an open area.
However, the fire has engulfed the unit. The collector further added that the residents of Lakhi and Luvara villages located near the factory are being evacuated as a precautionary measure because of the presence of plants of poisonous chemicals near the affected factory.