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Fire at fireworks factory injures 13

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

At least 13 people were injured when a fire broke out at a fireworks factory Sunday in South 24 district's area, police said.

The owner of the factory, who was also injured in the fire, was detained, a of Police Station said.

Nine of the injured have been released after preliminary medical assistance at The condition of one among the remaining four, who were referred to a state-run hospital in the city, is stated to be critical, he said.

The incident occurred at Sonarpur's Gobindopur area.

Three fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames which broke out at the factory at around 12.40 pm on Sunday, a fire department said.

"This was a small factory with only a tin shed and small walls on four sides. There were some finished and unfinished firecrackers at the factory," the said.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, a said adding that there was a couple of blasts from the factory which damaged a few nearby houses too.

The fire was doused at around 3.40 pm, he said.

"The owner is undergoing treatment in the hospital and we are waiting for his release to question him," the police said.

Other materials and commodities used to manufacture firecrackers were seized from the factory, the officer added.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 20:10 IST