Army ammunition depot fire in India kills 17

MUMBAI: At least 17 people have been killed in a fire at a massive military ammunition depot on Tuesday, police said.

According to Smita Patil, superintendent of Wardha district police, the fire was reported around 01:30 am at the depot in Pulgaon, near the city of Nagpur in the western state of Maharashtra.

“Seventeen people have died. Nineteen are injured but are out of danger,” she said, “An operation is in progress and the fire has been brought under control.”

The area was cordoned off and a rescue operation was started to evacuate thousands of families living in nearby towns and villages.

A senior army official said that two officers were among the 17 soldiers to have died.

 “The fire was brought under control by 6:15 am. The situation is under control and a report is being prepared,” he said, speaking from the scene.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.