Fire Breaks Out at Gujarat, India Chemical Factory, Killing

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A major fire broke out a chemical factory in India's Vadodara City on Monday. 1 worker was killed and 4 others were injured.

Sources say the fire started due to an explosion at the plant.

The firefighters battled the blaze for nearly four hours to bring the situation under control.

[H. J. Tapariya, Chief Fire Officer, Vadodara Municipal Corp.]:
"We successfully prevented the fire from spreading to nearby units. We will conduct a search operation with the help of the company staff, as the locals say that 1 or 2 employees are still trapped inside. To overcome those fears we will conduct a search operation."

While many of the workers escaped as soon as the fire broke out, several still remained trapped in the unit.

A search operation has been launched to find the missing workers.

Around 40 - 50 workers usually work in the factory at night.

The company manufactures industrial solvents like hydrogen peroxide, a highly inflammable substance.