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5 dead, many injured in Muzaffarpur factory fire


At least five persons were feared dead and over half a dozen were injured on Monday in a fire that broke out at a food processing factory in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar.

The fire broke out at the Tirhut food processing unit located in Wajitpur-Chaknurain village under the Bochaha police in the small hours of Monday. More than 30 workers were said to be sleeping on the second floor of the factory when the incident happened. “The exact number of causalities can only be ascertained after the debris is removed from the site... Those injured have been admitted to the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur,” said Senior Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar.

The condition of some of the injured workers are said to be critical. “The toll could go up,” said Navin Kumar, a police officer.

Recounting the incident, Biju Baitha, a factory worker who is admitted to SKMCH, said: “I woke up hearing a scream and found myself surrounded by fire. I didn’t know what was happening and jump-ed out of the window.”

Senior district officials, including District Magistrate Mohd. Sohail and Mr. Kumar, are camping at the site to monitor the rescue operations.

Witnesses said charred bodies of five people were recovered from the debris. The reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained.

The district administration has announced a compensation of ₹4 lakh to the family members of each of the deceased.

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