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At Least 25 Dead in Fire at a Cracker Factory in MP’s Balaghat

MP CM Shivraj Chouhan announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of those who died in the fire.

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The blaze started around 3 pm in the firecracker factory in MP’s Balaghat district. (Photo Courtesy: ANI screengrab)

At least 25 people died after a fire broke out in a firecracker factory at Bhatan village in Madhya Pradesh’s Balaghat district on Wednesday afternoon.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of those who died in the fire.

The blaze started around 3 pm in the factory located around 10 kilometres from the district headquarters in the Kotwali police station limits.

Earlier, the district collector Bharat Yadav had said that a couple of people are still feared to be trapped under the debris.

Yadav also said that the victims were workers at the factory and the incident took place while work was on.

The cracker factory is owned by Warish Ahmed.

What exactly triggered the fire is not yet known. It is possible that someone might have thrown a burning beedi. Safety measures taken or not, how much explosive were they allowed to keep, all are issues of investigation.
Bharat Yadav, District Collector

The fire has been doused, he said, adding the factory was located away from human settlement.

(With inputs from ANI and PTI)

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