Fire at Indian Army’s ammunition depot kills at least 17 personnel

31 May 2016 (Last Updated May 31st, 2016 18:30)

A fire at one of the Indian Army's largest ammunition depots at Pulgaon, Maharashtra, has killed at least 17 people.

A fire at one of the Indian Army's largest ammunition depots at Pulgaon, Maharashtra, has killed at least 17 people.

Two army officers, one jawan and 13 civilian fire-fighting staff were killed in the fire that broke out at CAD on 31 May.

The accident also left two officers, nine jawans and six civilians injured.

"The cause of fire will be known after the army's inquiry."

The army's central ammunition depot (CAD) stores a variety of ammunition in numerous sheds.

The cause of the accident is yet to be discovered.

After fire blazed in one of the sheds, fire fighting parties and quick reaction teams started dousing the flames.

This restricted the fire to one shed containing highly sensitive ammunition, according to a statement posted by the Ministry of Defence.

The situation was finally brought under control after the fire was extinguished.

Residents from neighbouring villages were evacuated to safer locations after the fire triggered several explosions.

Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was quoted by local media sources as saying: "The cause of fire will be known after the army's inquiry."