Hyderabad: 2 dead, 13 injured in explosion at Gulf Oil Corporation factory

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Hyderabad: Two workers were killed and 13 others have been injured in an explosion that occurred at Gulf Oil Corporation Limited company (Explosives Division), formerly known as IDL Industries, at Kukatpally in Hyderabad on Monday evening.

Fire officials and police suspect an accidental spark must have caused the blast, after which the entire unit was engulfed in blaze.

“Two workers died and at least 13 others who suffered burn injuries have been rushed to different hospitals. The fire that broke out after the explosion has been controlled,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Madhapur Zone) Kartikeya said.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police M Srinivas Rao said that the explosion and subsequent fire occurred when some detonators were being disposed off at the unit.

Telangana Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy is on his way to the explosion site.

The injured workers have been shifted to hospitals. According to latest reports, some of the injured are in critical condition.

At least five fire tenders were rushed to the spot. This is the fourth blast at the factory in last 12 years.

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