Blast at factory making fire extinguishers kills 4 in Gurgaon

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GURGAON: A factory manufacturing fire extinguisher balls off Dwarka Expressway burst into flames after an explosion early on Saturday, charring four persons to death and leaving a dozen injured.
The owner of GFO Research and Development Pvt Ltd, Sandeep, was arrested following allegations that he had stored flammable material in the factory in Daultabad industrial area despite being warned against it multiple times.
The blast, which is believed to have occurred around 2am, also damaged neighbouring buildings, most of which house factories and workshops.
The four who died are Kaushik (28), a worker of the fireball factory from Lakshman Vihar in Gurgaon, Arun (26) of Raebareli, who worked in the neighbouring Technocrat Pvt Ltd; Delhi resident Ram Avadh (59), a guard at one of the factories in the area; and Prashant, who was from Etawah in UP.
At least 12 persons were injured, two of whom are said to be critical. The others were discharged after first aid.
Fire officer Ramesh Saini told TOI the Bhim Nagar fire station received a distress call at 2.35am. A total of 12 fire tenders were rushed to the spot along with cops, ambulances and teams of NDRF and SDRF.
“The fire tenders had to make multiple rounds to refill their tanks and douse the flames. It took us almost eight hours to bring the blaze under control,” Saini added.
Sources in the fire department said a short circuit might have caused the blast. But a report was awaited till late on Saturday evening.
Of the two workers battling grievous injuries, one is a brother of Kaushik. Rishikesh is undergoing treatment at Safdarjung hospital in Delhi while Kuldeep is admitted to a private facility.
One of the injured workers filed a complaint at Rajendra Park police station against the factory owner. A case was registered against him under sections 286 (act rashly with explosive substance to endanger human life), 336 (act rashly to endanger human life), 338 (cause grievous hurt by acting rashly to endanger human life), 427 (mischief and damage to property), and 304A (death by negligence) of the IPC and provisions of the Explosive Substance Act.
“A series of explosions led to a fire, which spread to nearby buildings in no time. The factory owner insisted on storing fireballs and other explosive materials in the compound, despite being warned against keeping such items in the past,” the complainant said.
Sandeep, who owns GFO, was arrested from his house in Park View Apartment in Rajendra Park.
The district administration also constituted a high-level committee to find out what led to the explosion. Hitesh Meena, the additional deputy commissioner, will lead the team. “Police will conduct a separate investigation into the incident,” a police spokesperson told TOI.
Credit Source – https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/blast-at-factory-making-fire-extinguishers-kills-4-in-gurgaon/articleshow/111200908.cms

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