New Delhi (Sputnik): Fires in chemical factories are on the rise in India. The country has witnessed at least 32 fires since May 2020 causing at at least 75 deaths and over 200 injuries, according to the IndustriALL Global Union.
A fire broke out at a chemical factory in Valsad in western Gujarat state on Saturday.
Videos shared online show huge plumes of smoke billowing into the skies along with fire coming from the factory accompanied by loud thuds. Fire can be seen blowing out from the building which was very close to an electric transfer station.
More than eight fire engines have rushed to scene of the accident and fire department personnel are at the scene.
#Gujarat: Fire breaks out at a chemical factory in Vapi, Valsad. More than 8 fire tenders are at the spot. More details awaited.
— Axomiya Nabaprajanma (@Nabaprajanma) August 8, 2020
No casualties have so far been reported. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.
On 5 August, at least eight patients died after a massive fire broke out at Shrey hospital in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to the relatives of the deceased and announced payments of Rs 200,000 to the next of kin of those killed.