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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Ludhiana factory collapse, govt announces compensation

A day after a Ludhiana factory caught fire and collapsed, the death toll rose to 13, with at least 20 people still feared trapped beneath the debris. Two people were rescued and are undergoing treatment. A major fire broke out at the Amarson Polymers building at Mushtaq Ganj near Suffiana Chowk at around 8 am on Monday morning, four hours before the five-story building collapsed. Several firemen, who had entered the building to douse the flames, are feared trapped. Bhupinder Singh, assistant divisional fire officer, Ludhiana, on Monday had said, “There is no exact number of how many people are inside and missing. Nine men from our department were inside, among them two are dead and their bodies have been recovered.” Among the deceased were Inderpal Singh, owner of Pal Taxi service who was a friend of the factory owner, senior fire officer Sumaon Gill and a fireman, Puran Singh. The fire officials were dousing the flames when the building collapsed. Seven officials are still missing.