At least 15 Defence Security Corps jawans and two officers were killed after a fire broke out at the Central ammunition depot at Pulgaon in Wardha district of Maharashtra.
The fire broke out at around 1 am after an explosion, which rapidly spread throughout one of the biggest ammunition depots in the country. Pulgaon is 110 kms from Nagpur.
Quoting Army officials, PTI reported that 15 Defence Security Corps jawans and two officers have been killed in the fire and 19 others injured.
The main site of the inferno, which is a shed which caught fire, has been extinguished and attempts are being made to stabilise the situation.
However, secondary fire and explosions have not been ruled out and precautions are being taken to control the fire.
People living in the nearby 15 villages including Zanzala, Pimpri, Agargaon have been evacuated and shifted to safe places.