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Nine killed, 14 injured in blast at Bhilai Steel Plant

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

Nine employees were killed and 14 others injured Tuesday in a blast at the Steel Plant of state-owned SAIL in Chhattisgarh's district, police said.

The explosion took place around 10:30 am in a connected to the coke oven section of the plant in town, around 30 km away from the state capital, of Police (Range) G P told

"At least nine people were burnt to death while 14 others received injuries and most of them were said to be in a serious condition," he said.

SAIL in a statement said, "In an unfortunate incident around 10.30 am, today at SAIL Steel Plant, there was a fire in a of the Coke Oven Battery Complex No 11 during a scheduled maintenance job."

"Some persons working at the site sustained burn injury... So far, nine persons have lost their lives and 14 are undergoing medical treatment," it said.

said as per preliminary information, over 24 employees were working at the spot when the accident occurred.

Some persons working at the site suffered burn injuries, the SAIL statement said, adding that those injured were immediately rushed to the for medical care and aid.

Resources have been mobilised to provide adequate care to the injured, it said.

"SAIL collective stands by the families of the affected and will ensure that and no stone is left unturned in providing all kinds of support," the statement said.

Police personnel and a rescue team are at the spot, said.

Rescue operation are underway at the plant, operated by the state-run Limited (SAIL).

said, "I have got the preliminary information about the blast in a coke oven at (BSP)."


"I have asked for further detailed information from the authorities. Rescue and relief measures are underway," he said.

According to sources, for Steel Vishnu Deo Sai, and SAIL have also left for Bhilai.

had in June dedicated the modernised and expanded to the nation.

As per SAIL's website, the is India's sole and supplier of world class rails for the Indian Railways, including 260 metre long rails, and a major of a large variety of and

With an annual production capacity of 3.153 MT of saleable steel, the plant also specialises in other products such as wire rods and

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 15:20 IST
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