Hyderabad: At least 11 workers were killed and a few others were injured when a warehouse of a firecracker factory caught fire in Warangal district of Telangana Wednesday morning.
Police said 10 workers died on the spot at Kotilingala village while another person died in hospital. Fire and emergency services rushed to the scene.
Police officials said the toll could increase as there were 20 people working in the warehouse when the accident took place. Warangal police commissioner Vishwanathar Ravinder and others rushed to the scene to over see the rescue operation.
The blast was so powerful that the entire building of the warehouse came crashing down. Those killed were burnt beyond recognition. Officials said some bodies could be in the debris of the building. The warehouse belonged to Bhadrakali Fireworks Company. Some of the workers managed to flee from the place while others remained stuck inside.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao expressed deep shock over the incident and announced all possible help to the victims and their families. He said that while the family of every deceased will get an ex gratia of Rs 500,000 (Dh26,731), the government will bear the entire cost of the treatment of the injured. He ordered the officials to investigate and establish the cause of the blast.