Pulgaon Inferno

As many as 16 Army personnel died and 17 were injured while trying to control a massive fire that broke out early on Tuesday morning, at India's largest ammunition depot near Nagpur.
The fire at the Pulgaon central ammunition depot -the main storage area for Army ordnance that is distributed to field units across the country -was noticed at around 1 am by Army personnel and it was their quick response that helped control it.
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar, who along with Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh visited Pulgaon, said no foul play was suspected after the preliminary investigations, but they will try to establish the reason behind the incident.
Parrikar said prompt action by Armymen prevented a larger tragedy . “I am not worried about the loss of ammunition but about the loss of lives -the men who died made a huge sacrifice as they managed to contain fire within 100 metres,“ he said. The minister said nine different sheds, with huge quantities of ammunition, were located close to each other and the quick reaction team suffered casualties as it tried to prevent the fire from spreading to these units.
“If projectiles got ignited, the damage would have spread over a vast area with civilian casualties,“ an Army officer said.
Those living near the ammunition depot said they woke up on Tuesday after a single massive blast shook their houses.

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