At least seven persons, including three firemen, were killed, while several others were still trapped inside a plastic manufacturing factory after it caught fire and collapsed in Ludhiana on Monday morning, Hindustan times reports.
Firefighters were trying to douse the flames when the factory collapsed, trapping 15-20 people, police officials said.Some more firemen were among those trapped inside the multi-storey building of a plastic factory near Sufian Chowk in Industrial Area that caught fire at around 6:3am.
In the evening, Ludhiana police commissioner, RN Dhoke said, “Three bodies have been pulled out, out of which two have been identified.” Later in the night, four more bodies were pulled out, said deputy commissioner Pradeep Agarwal, who added that more bodies could be seen in the debris and the toll may increase.
While locals say at least 40 persons, including 10 fire brigade officials, are trapped inside the building, police is pegging the number to be between 8-10. Rescue work in on.