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1 killed, 12 injured in fireworks factory fire in West Bengal (07.10.18)

One person died and 12 were injured when a fire broke out at a fireworks factory on Sunday in South 24 Parganas district’s Sonarpur area, police said.

The owner of the factory, who was also injured in the fire, has been detained, Sonarpur Police Station Officer-in-Charge Paresh Roy said.

Debasish Sardar (19), a worker of the factory, succumbed to his injuries late at night at the state-run Chittaranjan Hospital in Kolkata, a senior hospital official told PTI.

He said that five injured persons were brought to the hospital on Sunday evening. While two of them were released after preliminary medical assistance. one among the three others died.After the fire broke out, the injured were taken to Baruipur hospital. The condition of five worsened and they were referred to Chittaranjan Hospital in the city.

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The incident occurred at Sonarpur’s Gobindopur area.

Three fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames which broke out at the factory at around 12.40 pm, a fire department official said.

“This was a small factory with only a tin shed. There were some finished and unfinished firecrackers at the site,” the official said.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, a police officer said adding that there were a few explosions in the factory which damaged a few nearby houses.

The fire was doused at around 3.40 pm, he said.

“The owner is undergoing treatment in the hospital and we are waiting for his release to question him,” the police officer said.

Other materials and commodities used to manufacture firecrackers were seized from the factory, the officer added.

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Gurgaon Woman Saves Many Before Dying in Fire at Highrise

In a valiant gesture, a 33-year-old woman, who died of asphyxiation after a fire broke out at a condominium in Gurugram late on Sunday night, saved the lives of her neighbours before she finally succumbed to the heavy smoke.

The fire broke out after a short circuit in the electrical shaft at the ground floor of a tower at Tulip Orange condominium in Sector 69 around 2 am and spread up to the ninth floor, clouding corridors with heavy smoke, a Hindustan Times report said, quoting fire department officials.

Swati Garg, her husband, Girish Garg, their four-year-old daughter Anjali and Swati’s mother Vaishali Tikekar stepped out of their fifth-floor apartment after the blaze.

FIRE-875“I took my daughter Anjali and ran upstairs to a safer place. My wife and mother-in-law were behind me. The corridors on the eighth floor were filled with heavy smoke and I took refuge in one of the vacant apartments with my daughter. Meanwhile, Swati was with her mother and I thought she had taken refuge in one of the other apartments,” HT reported, quoting Girish.

He later found out that Swati was going upstairs towards the terrace. “I saw her proceeding upstairs towards the terrace in the hope of finding some fresh air. Her mother and she decided to split and proceed,” Girish recollects.Some residents said that she knocked at the doors of other people living in the flats on fifth, sixth and seventh floors, and alerted them. Some of her neighbours recalled she tried to open the terrace doors in the hope of providing much-needed ventilation while others said she was left behind in the commotion, according to the news report.

SHO at Badhsahpur police station, Vipin Rawat said that the residents from fifth, sixth and seventh floor evacuated their apartments and rushed to two vacant apartments on the eighth floor to take refuge.“The victim, however, tried to save the residents and sounded an alert for those who were asleep and knocked at their door and asked them to come out. She went up to open the terrace gate to allow the smoke to pass through so people could get some fresh air to breathe,” Rawat said.

The fire department officials said they had evacuated everyone from the building by 3.45 am. It took them 25 minutes to douse the blaze. Girish, his daughter and mother-in-law were evacuated at around 3.30 am from the eighth floor of the tower.

Rescuers found Swati lying unconscious near the terrace door almost an hour after the fire broke out. She died before reaching the hospital, according to police.Both doors to the terrace were locked and Swati eventually died of “asphyxia”, post-mortem report revealed.

The official further added, “Although the fire remained restricted to the shaft, the smoke seeped out into the fire escape staircase area,” reported Indian Express.