Three charred bodies were pulled out of the flexible packaging factory, which had been engulfed in flames since Saturday morning [3 November] in Patel Nagar, Ghaziabad.
According to the Indian Express, police said though the fire was contained within four hours after it was reported, “subsidiary fires” at different places in the plant continued till Sunday morning.
“The trigger for the fire is yet to be ascertained, but eyewitnesses said it started around the time a chemical drum was brought into the factory. A malfunction in the process of setting it down could be the reason. Further investigations will establish the exact cause of the fire,” an official told the Indian Express.
He added: “The fire was difficult to handle because of highly inflammable chemicals. Sixty workers were in the factory at the time — while most escaped, three were trapped. We believe that the bodies pulled out today could be of those three workers.”
The management of the company said all fire safety measures were in place, but the fire department will conduct a thorough investigation. “We will conduct an inquiry into the cause of the fire. Then we will see if there is a need to register a case against the management of the company,” a police officer told the Indian Express.
According to its website, Poysha Packaging produces products such as stand up and printing pouches and shrink sleeves. As PN published this story this morning (5 November) nobody from Poysha Packaging could be contacted.