Ludhiana factory collapse toll rises to 10

Ludhiana factory collapse toll rises to 10

One person was killed while almost 15 others were feared to be trapped under the debris after a factory manufacturing plastic bags caught fire here today and collapsed, police said.

The death toll in the building collapse of a plastic factory in Ludhiana, in Punjab, has risen to 10, an official said here on Tuesday. Ambulances have arrived at the factory to take away injured people whenever they are pulled out from underneath the debris.

Rescue operations were still on and could go on through the night.

At least 15 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, located near the busy Cheema Chowk, which controled the fire after almost six hours.

Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Army experts are being aided by local authorities in the massive rescue operation.

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"Three bodies have been pulled out, out of which two have been identified", Ludhiana's Police Commissioner, R N Dhoke said.

Chemicals stored in Gola Plastic Factory stoked the fire, officials said.

People living nearby were asked to vacate the area as a precautionary measure.

The factory was located in an industrial-cum-residential area of Ludhiana.

"We heard a loud bang and the entire building collapsed like a pack of cards", said Sunita Rani, who was present at the spot.It took almost 15 minutes for MC cranes to reach the spot.

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