Published On : Tue, May 31st, 2016

Massive blaze at Pulgaon ammunition depot chars 20 armymen, injures 19

depot-firePulgaon/Nagpur: A major fire and explosions have been reported at one of India’s biggest ammunition depots at Pulgaon, 110 kilometers from Nagpur.

At least 20 people were killed and 19 others were injured on Monday night after fire broke out at a military ammunition depot in Pulgaon in Maharashtra’s Wardha district. Locals said there was an explosion inside the depot around midnight.

pulgaon-firePM mourns deaths in ammo depot fire; asks Parrikar to visit Pulgaon:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacts on Twitter to the loss of lives in the ammunition depot fire at Pulgaon near Nagpur:


“Pained by loss of lives caused by a fire at central ammunition depot in Pulgaon, Maharashtra. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.”

“I pray that those who are injured recover quickly. Have asked RM @manoharparrikar to visit the spot & take stock of the situation.”

According to my info, fire is now under control: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on army depot fire

We are providing whatever assistance and resources required, primarily medical assistance informed Devendra Fadnavis

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Army Chief General Dalbir Singh leaves for Pulgaon (Maharashtra) where fire broke out at central ammunition depot killing 17 and injuring 19

pulHere are the Highlights:
A massive fire broke out at a military ammunition depot in Pulgaon in Wardha district (Maharashtra) around 2 am.
2 officers and 15 DCS jawans have been killed in Pulgaon depot
At least 19 people are reported to be injured. They are being treated at a nearby hospital.
Locals claim fire was triggered off after an explosion
The fire at the ammunition dump is reported to have spread after secondary explosions.
Fire tenders have been rushed to the spot to bring the fire under control.
Army central ammunition depot is located at Pulgaon

Earlier reports suggested that Nineteen people have been injured. Nearby villages have been evacuated. Unconfirmed reports suggest 2 officers are among 8 killed in ammunition depot fire in Pulgaon.

Unconfirmed reports say two officers, a Lt Col and a Major, are among those dead.

More details are awaited.