According to officials, a fire spread through a pharmaceutical business in southern India after an explosion, killing at least six night shift workers and scorching 13 others.

According to Police Officer Rahul Dev Sharma, the fire started when a chemical reactor leaked monomethyl nitric acid, which is used to make a variety of polymers, causing an explosion on Wednesday night.

Five workers perished on the spot, while another died in a hospital from burns. According to Sharma, the 13 hospitalized workers were in critical condition after suffering 80 percent burns.

He stated that the cause of the leak is being probed. According to Sharma, the chemical reactor was completely destroyed, but firefighters were able to preserve other components of the facility from being burned by the fire.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sorrow for the deaths caused by a mishap at the Porus Labs chemical factory in Akkireddygudem, an Andhra Pradesh hamlet.

“I extend my heartfelt sympathies to the grieving families. He tweeted, “May the injured recover swiftly.”

Porus Labs is a privately held company that specializes in the creation and production of pharmaceuticals and speciality chemicals utilized by pharmaceutical companies, according to its website.

India is a major global pharmaceutical manufacturer, producing COVID-19 vaccines among other things.

In India, where building codes and safety standards are frequently disregarded by both builders and occupants, fires are widespread. Some buildings do not even have firefighting equipment.

In 2019, a fire in a New Delhi factory making handbags and other things was started by an electrical short circuit, killing 43 persons. A fire in a six-story building’s illegal rooftop kitchen killed 17 people in a second significant fire that year, also in New Delhi.

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