Fire damages incense factory in northern India

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-06 21:43:32|Editor: Zhou Xin
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NEW DELHI, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- A major fire Friday broke out at an incense factory in northern Indian city of Chandigarh, police said.

No loss of life was reported in the incident.

According to officials about eight workers inside the factory fell unconscious after inhaling smoke billowing out of the factory.

Firefighters rushed along with fire tenders to douse the flames that engulfed the factory.

"Eight to 10 labourers working inside the factory fell unconscious and were hospitalised immediately," said fire department officials, adding "many workers complained of suffocation as thick smoke inside factory."

The cause of the fire was not yet known.

"The flames have been contained and rescuers along with locals are trying to clear the raw material stored in the factory used for manufacturing incense sticks," a local police official said. "We are trying to ascertain the reason that triggered fire inside the factory and according action will be taken."

Chances of fire in Indian factories and buildings are often high as owners usually ignore safety standards of fire.