Four labourers were killed and five others were severely injured after a boiler blast occurred in the distillery unit of Nirani Sugar Factory Limited in Kulalli village of Mudhol, this afternoon in Karnataka.
About ten people were working in the distillery unit of the sugar factory when the blast was reported. The intensity of the blast was so powerful that the three-floor building completely collapsed, killing four persons on the spot. The deceased are yet to be identified as their faces have suffered serious burn injuries.
The reason behind the blast is yet not known. The firefighters rushed to the spot and launched rescue operations. It is said that still four to five people are under the buildings. The injured have been rushed to the Mudhol Hospital.
Former minister and a BJP legislator Murgesh Nirani is the proprietor of the Nirani Sugar Factory Limited. His brother Sangmesh Nirani has rushed to the spot.
Murugesh Nirani said the explosion occurred in a treatment plant which is about half a kilometre from the factory. “There are around 1,000 workers in the factory. The blast occurred in a treatment plant about half a kilometer away from the factory where seven people were working today. Three died on the spot, one in the hospital and three are being treated at the hospital,” he added.