8 killed, several injured in a firecracker factory blast at Kumardubi, Jharkhand; CM Raghubar Das releases money for the casualties’
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 25-Sep-2017
Ranchi, September 25: At least eight persons were killed while several dozens were critically burnt in a blaze caused by a blast in an illegal fire cracker factory in Kumardubi village under Barsole police station area at Baharagora on Sunday. Many people are suspected to have been trapped in the buildings which were on fire till late night, police said.
 
According to the police, rescue operations resumed on Monday morning and several bodies were recovered. The injured were taken to Tata Main Hospital, MGM Hospital and Bramhananda Narayana Hridyalaya at Tamulia. The condition of several victims was reportedly very critical. State Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma has ordered an inquiry by Kolhan Division Commissioner and Range DIG and initiate action against the concerned Station Officer of the Police Station.
 
State Chief Minister Raghubar Das has expressed grief over the loss of life and injuries and has announced compensation of two lakh rupees to the kin of those killed, and Rs. 50,000 to the injured. The DC & SP have reached the village bordering West Bengal.
Sources said the fire broke out in a three-storied house where illegal fire crackers were kept in the said village. The blast was so powerful that the fire resulting from it spread to several other adjoining houses and buildings in no time. Major portion of the building where the blast occurred was demolished in the mishap. The fire, which caught at around 4 pm, caused a LPG cylinder stored in the three-storied house to burst and the flames have spread to the adjacent houses, the police said.
Meanwhile, the district administration officials said a probe would be set up to find out as to how was the illegal fire cracker factory running in the village for so many days. The probe would start once the victims are rescued and rehabilitated, they said.