A huge fire broke out at a chemical factory in Eluru district of Andhra Pradesh. Six workers died of burns in the accident. Twelve people were injured. The incident took place at Porus Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. at Akireddigudem in Eluru. Elur SP Rahul Dev said the fire was caused by a leak of nitric acid and monomethyl.
The accident happened around 11:30 last night. The fourth unit of the plant caught fire following an explosion following a gas leak. About 30 people were working at the time of the accident. Police, Revenue and Fire officials arrived at the scene and brought the fire under control.
The injured were taken to Government Hospital in Nasvid Town and Gifford Memorial Hospital.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was shocked by the accident. The Chief Minister announced financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh to the families of the deceased, Rs 5 lakh to the seriously injured and Rs 2 lakh to the injured. The Chief Minister has directed the District Collector and the SP to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident. Officials were also directed to provide full medical care to the injured.
Andhra Pradesh | Six killed & 12 injured in a fire accident at a chemical factory in Akkireddigudem, Eluru, last night. The fire broke out due to leakage of nitric acid, monomethyl: Eluru SP Rahul Dev Sharma
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– ANI (ANI) April 14, 2022