Jharkhand: 4 killed as blaze guts illegal firecracker storage house

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

A major fire broke out today in a house where illegal fire crackers were stored in a village at Ghatsila in Jharkhand, killing at least one person and severely injuring two others, police said.

Five fire tenders were rushed to the spot to control the fire that broke out following the blast, reports news agency ANI. A large number of firecrackers were reportedly being manufactured and stored in the house. The house in which the illegal cracker manufacturing was being run belonged to one Durga Satara who was involved in this illegal business.

Even as efforts to douse the flames are on, intermittent bursting of the firecrackers is taking place, added Lal. "Somehow, the stored firecrackers caught fire", Lal said. Police said the fire erupted after an explosion in the cracker factory that was running illegally.

Amit Kumar, East Singhbhum district deputy commissioner, also said that two fire engines had reached the spot and more were on the way.

Local BJP MP Bidyut Baran Mahato rushed to the spot on being informed about the incident. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said an investigation was under way.

Mahato said that the Chief Minister of the state have assured him that an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh would be given to the kin of the deceased while the injured will get Rs 50,000.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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