At least 20 people are reportedly injured after a massive fire broke out at a firecracker factory in North 24 Parganas district’s Amdanga in West Bengal. Several fire tenders have been rushed to the spot and efforts are on to douse the fire. The cause of the fire has not been figured out yet.

According to reports, the fire broke out on early Monday morning. No casualties have been reported so far, however, all the injured have been provided with medical assistance and those required are being shifted to a hospital.

Meanwhile the concerned authorities are monitoring the situation. 

With the festival of Diwali round the corner, incident of fire at firecrackers factories has witnessed a sharp rise and is a situation that arises every year.

In another major fire earlier in the day, at least 8 people were killed and scores injured after a fire broke in a house where illegal fire crackers were being manufactured and stored. The incident took place in a village situated at East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand.

As per reports, the fire that broke out at around 4PM on Sunday evening that caused a wall of the house to collapse.

“A few villagers were making crackers for the festive season but they suddenly burst killing five people and sparking a fire which also spread to the adjacent houses,” Binod Paswan, officer -in-charge of Barsole police station said in media briefing. He added that some people were also feared trapped under the debris.

Earlier on September 20, at least 5 people lost their lives persons in a powerful blast in a cracker godown in Punjab’s Sangrur district. Also there were 18 other who faced serious injuries.

The blast had taken place at an illegal cracker godown in Sular Gharat village near Dirba town. The godown was being operated in a residential area.