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India: Seven killed in denim factory fire; Company officials arrested after no fire safety equipment found working

Author: Hindustan Times, Published on: 11 February 2020

“Gujarat factory fire death toll rises to 7”, 10 February 2020

The death toll in…Saturday’s cloth factory fire…in Gujarat [rose] to seven…with the recovery of two more charred bodies, police said. Police [have]…booked six [factory] officials under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and other sections of the Indian Penal Code,…arrest[ing] them on Sunday.

A huge fire gutted the [Nandan Denim Limited] …factory located in Noral locality of the city on [late] Saturday evening. [A]ssistant Commissioner of Police, R. B Rana…said a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder was registered against the general manager of the factory, a whole-time director, a fire safety officer, and three others.

[A] fire department official said the fabricated shed structure of the factory [warehouse] had just one staircase with a narrow path without…air ventilation, result[ing] in more…deaths.  “Besides no fire safety equipment was found working”.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation...

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