NAGPUR: A huge fire erupted at Central Ammunition Depot in Pulgaon near Wardha in which around 17 army personnel along with other two officers has been killed. Currently, Central Ammunition Depot Pulgaon is India’s biggest ammunition depot.
According to report, At least two officers and more than other 16 Defence Security Officers are feared dead. While more than 17 other Defence Security officershas been also injured due to fire.
According to report, Cause of the fire is yet unknown till now. the fire erupted after an explosion at the depot on Tuesday at between around 1:30 to 2:00 am.
Other reports suggest that explosions took place after a shed at the ammunition dump caught fire.
Currently, the fire is under control even as nearby villages have been evacuated as a precautionary measure. Pulgaon is around 110 kms from Nagpur.
The injured have been shifted to hospitals at Wardha, 40 kms from Pulgaon.
The army top officer has ordered a probe into the mishap. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar along with Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag will visit incident place at Pulgaon today.
PM Modi condoled the death of Army men in the incident caused by a fire at central ammunition depot in Pulgaon, Maharashtra. ‘’I pray that those who are injured recover quickly. Have asked RM Manohar Parrikar to visit the spot to take stock of the situation,” Modi said.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “Unfortunate incident. We have suffered a huge loss of lives and property. He directed district officials to extend whatever help possible,” he said, adding that the fire is now under control.