At least 20 people have been killed in the fire at the Central Ammunition Depot (CAD) in Pulgaon, according to an Indian Express report.
Shailesh Naval, the collector of Wardha, was quoted by the daily as saying: “Though a small fire is still on, there is apparently no further damage expected. Five villages around CAD, placed in the close vicinity, were evacuated immediately but as soon as the danger subsided, the villagers were restored back to their respective places.”
NDTV quoted Ramesh Barde, a fire officer with the Nagpur fire department, as saying that the firefighters used 10 fire engines to control the fire.
Speaking from the scene, Barde said that “the fire broke out at 1:30 am and nearby fire engines reached the venue by 2:30 am… It was brought under control by 6:15 am.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a series of tweets, has sympathised with the families of those who died in the fire and has wished for a speedy recovery of those injured.