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Cylinder blast in Bengaluru food factory; 2 died & 3 injured

At least two people lost their lives and other three suffered injuries in a cylinder blast in Bengalaru of Karnataka. The blast took place in MM food factory near Anjan Theatre at around 01.45 pm on August 23. Massive disruption was caused in the area after this incident. The rescue team, emergency department, local police, and fire tenders reached at the spot immediately.

The factory is located at Magadi road in a residential area of Bengaluru. Cylinder exploded a boiler in the afternoon time during workers working hours. A loud sound had been heard up to a kilometre away, creating panic among residents. Around seven workers were working inside the factory. Fire tenders reached the spot and soon brought flame under control before it spread anywhere. They controlled the temperature of another boiler. According to the Local residents, ambulances didn't come to the vicinity for almost half an hour after the blast. They had to rush the injured persons to the hospital in auto rickshaws. Two women were critically injured in this mishap who working at the adjacent factory. All injured immediately shifted to burn ward in Victoria Hospital for a treatment. Two male workers from Bihar died in the boiler blast. The two women were residents of Gopalapura.

As per police inquiry, the factory belonged to MM food products that manufacture snacks like Kurkure, Sev and Çhakli. It was operating in a single-storey building with an asbestos sheet roof. There were about 15 LPG cylinders stored inside the building but they remained intact. The factory was set up in the area seven to eight months ago and the labourers had worked at the factory since its inception. More investigation was underway by the local police team. The deceased persons identified as Manish (20), Sourav (21). The injured persons identified as Dhanalakshmi (52), Shanti (40) and Sachin (35).

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