Two dead and 125 rescued so far as workers ‘jump’ from massive factory blaze

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At least two people have died today after a massive blaze broke out at a packaging factory in Surat, a city in India's Gujarat state.

125 workers have been saved so far by the fire department according to sub-divisional magistrate KG Vaghela. 10 fire brigades have responded to the scene with two hydraulic lifts in place.

The blaze is said to have started on the fifth floor of the factory, and local reports suggest that workers were jumping from the building in a desperate bid to save themselves.

More than 100 of the workers were pulled from the burning building by a hydraulic lift.

Rupal Solanki, Deputy Superintendent of Police in the town of Bardoli, sadly confirmed: "Two people have died following the incident."

In terrifying footage shared on Twitter, workers could be seen waving frantically at rescue crews from the factory roof as thick black smoke billowed upwards.

Other snaps showed large sections of the factory alight, with beams and metal sheets destroyed.

Rescued workers could be seen making their way to safety covered in soot.

Earlier this year, 13 Covid patients died in India during a fire at a hospital.

The incident took place at the intensive care unit of Vijay Vallabh Covid Care Hospital in Virar West.

District Disaster Control Cell chief Vivekanand Kadam said the fire occurred when an AC unit exploded inside the ICU.

He added that fire crews distinguished the blaze in an hour, but that wasn't enough to save the 17 patients.

Families of the victims claimed the fire broke out due to negligence and demanded an investigation, with the Chief Minister's Office ordering an inquiry into the incident.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted at the time: "Condolences to those who lost their loved ones. May the injured recover soon."

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