Massive fire kills 17 army men at ammunition depot in Maha

Nagpur: As per the information given by the officials, minimum of 17 army men, comprising of two officers, were killed and 19 injured in a massive fire that galloped one of India’s largest ammunition depots in Maharashtra’s Pulgaon.

According to the army spokesperson “Two officers and 15 DSC soldiers died,” and the cause of the blaze at the depot, which houses Brahmos missiles, arms, ammunition, bombs and other explosive items of the Indian Army, was not immediately known.

The officials said the fire took off between 1.30 and 2 a.m. when flames were seen billowing out of a shed. It spread quickly to a number of other sheds storing explosive items in the depot that was in recent past awarded for using solar energy to dispose off expired ammunition. There were doubts and speculations that the death toll might be higher because many personnel of the Defense Security Corps (DSC) that provides security at defence ministry sites were missing at the depot, some 120 km from here.