A massive fire broke out at Central Ammunition Depot (CAD) in Pulgaon near Wardha.
At least two officers and 15 Defense Security Corps (DSC) jawans are feared dead, the Army confirmed and also injured 17 other DSC jawans.
The cause of this massive fire is still unknown, as per the media reports the fire broke out after an explosion at the depot on Tuesday around 1:30 -2:00 am.
The fire is said to have been brought under control even as nearby villages have been evacuated as a precautionary measure.
The central ammunition depot at Pulgaon is one India’s biggest ammunition depot. Pulgaon is around 110 kms from Nagpur.
Injured jawans and officers being brought to Acharya Vinoba Bhave Rural Hospital in Wardha, Maharashtra for proper medical treatment.
PM Narendra Modi tweeted , “ 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 Manohar Parrikar to visit the spot and take stock of the situation. ”
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar likely to visit Central ammunition Depot in Pulgaon (Maharashtra) around afternoon where fire broke out.