India: Mega Accident Fire at Pune Chemical Plant Leaves 17 Dead

Editor: Ahlam Rais

A huge fire recently broke out at SVS Aqua Technologies, a chemical company in Pune, India. The fire left 17 people dead however the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

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The fire took place during plastic packing at the SVS Aqua Technologies chemical plant.
The fire took place during plastic packing at the SVS Aqua Technologies chemical plant.
(Source: ANI)

Pune/India – On June 7, a fire broke out at SVS Aqua Technologies, a chemical company in Pune, Maharashtra at around 3:30 pm in the afternoon. 17 workers (mostly women) out of the total 37 employees who were working at the facility were charred to death while the remaining 20 were rescued. According to news reports, the fire took place during plastic packing at the plant. “Due to some spark at the (packaging) section, the fire broke out and as there was plastic around, it spread rapidly,” said Devendra Potphode, Chief Fire Officer, PMRDA (Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority), Fire Services. However, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

Fire fighters were rushed to the spot and the fire was extinguished at 6:30 pm. SVS Aqua Technologies is a manufacturer, supplier and exporter of air, water and surface treatment chemicals. The company claims that that a fire audit of the unit revealed that there was no negligence, mentions a report by the Indian newspaper – Times of India. The report further mentioned that the Pune District Collector Rajesh Deshmukh has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

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