Pune: At least 18 workers, mostly women, were charred to death in a devastating fire that broke out at a chemical firm in an industrial area in Pune district on Monday afternoon, officials said. One worker suffered burn injuries in the incident, they said.
According to the officials, the fire broke out at SVSAqua Technologies, which manufactures chlorine dioxide among other chemicals and is located in the Pirangut MIDC area of Mulshi tehsil on the outskirts of Pune city. “So far, 18 bodies have been recovered from the firm’s premises. We have stopped the search operation due to darkness and heat caused due to the blaze.