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14 -April- 2022

At least six killed in fire accident in Andhra Pradesh’s pharma unit

At least six persons were killed in a major fire accident that occured in the Porus Laboratories Pvt. Ltd, a pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing unit in Akkireddy Gudem village, Musunuru Mandal in Eluru district near Vijayawada of Andhra Pradesh during the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.

According to police and fire personnel, the accident occured at around 11 p.m. on Wednesday when a Stainless Steel (SS) Reactor exploded allegedly following a gas leakage.

While five persons died on the spot, one person succumbed to burn injuries undergoing treatment at the Government General Hospital, Vijayawada, according to the police.

GGH, Vijayawada officials say that a majority of the 12 victims being treated sustained more than 70% burns.

Speaking to reports at the accident site, Nuzvid Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) B. Srinivasulu said there were 18 persons including two chemists and 16 workers working in the unit at the time of the mishap. 

He said, a case has been registered and an investigation was taken up.

News Courtesy: The Hindu

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