Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday expressed condolences after a godown caught fire in Ahmedabad and said authorities are providing all imaginable assistance to the affected.
“Anguished by the loss of lives because of a fire in a godown in Ahmedabad. Condolences to the bereaved families. Prayers with the injured. Authorities are providing all imaginable assistance to the affected”, Modi tweeted.
According to news agency PTI, officials on Wednesday said six people died and eight others were injured as a portion of a godown storing chemicals collapsed after a power explosion ripped through it.
A minimum of 14 people were pulled out of the debris so far and the rescue operation is happening, a senior fire official said, adding the building housing the godown was once located on Pirana-Piplaj Road, which is an industrial area.
Chief fire officer MF Dastur said fire personnel rushed to the spot upon learning approximately the explosion.
Dastur added all 14 were shifted to LG Hospital in ‘108’ ambulances and machinery was once used to break the concrete slabs with the intention to pull them out.
The government hospital meantime said six of the complete people brought in were either declared “brought deceased” or they died shortly after admission.
“Remaining eight injured persons are undergoing remedy,” it said in a commentary.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashok Munia stated that an investigation was once ordered into this incident.
“The chemical godown building caved in following an explosion. Rescue operation is still underway. We have initiated an inquiry into this incident” Munia added.
(With PTI inputs)