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Noida: 6 killed in factory fire, probe ordered


Noida, April 20: Six persons were killed in a fire which broke out in a factory in Sector 11 in Noida following which a magisterial probe has been ordered. The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon when 15 employees were inside the factory of Excel Greentech.

Firemen took four hours to douse the fire. Later, six charred bodies were recovered from the spot. District Magistrate N P Singh and Noida authority have both ordered separate probes into the incident.

Firefighters douse a fire that broke out in a factory in Noida.

"ADM Kumar Vineet will conduct a magisterial inquiry into the incident," District Magistrate NP Singh said.

Chief Executive Officer, Noida, Amit Mohan Prasad said, "I have ordered a probe into the incident."

Chief Fire Officer Akshay Sharma said the unit had a biometric lock at the main door which prevented the trapped workers from moving out. It is believed that the door also got automatically locked at the time of the fire, he said.

Three deceased have been identified so far -- marketing manager Indrabhan Choudhary, accountant Vivek Kochhar and HR manager Jasmeet Kaur.

Police said a DNA test would be conducted on all the bodies. The company had shifted from Ghaziabad to this new building six months ago.

The survivors said the sprinklers installed at factory did not function. The fire is believed to have been caused by a short circuit.


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