No one hurt in AP chemical factory fire

A major fire broke out in a chemical factory in Bibinagar area in Andhra Pradesh on Monday, but no one was hurt, police said.

There were no injuries or casualty in the mishap, they said.

The blaze started in the agro-chemical factory at around 11.15 AM and the flames spread rapidly. The workers immediately noticed the fire and informed the police.

Seven fire engines were pressed into service to control the blaze, according to Bhongir Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) S Srinivas.

The fire has been brought under control, however, it will take atleast another 2-3 hours to fully extinguish it, he said.

"The exact cause of the fire was still not known and experts including from the Forensic Science Laboratory are working to ascertain the reasons behind the blaze," the DSP said.

The police along with fire personnel have evacuated the workers and local residents including school children from a building in the factory's vicinity.

Bibinagar police were further investigating.

In another incident, fire erupted in a godown of a private pharmaceutical firm at Jadcherla in Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh this afternoon, police said.

No one was injured nor any casualty was reported in the mishap, which occurred around 2 PM, a police official said, adding six fire engines were rushed to the spot and the blaze was put off.

Asked about the cause of the fire, the official said it might have erupted after sparks spread due to suspected short-circuit near unit-V of the pharmaceutical company.

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