One person was killed while almost 15 others were feared to be trapped under the debris after a factory manufacturing plastic bags caught fire here today and collapsed, police said.
"Eight to ten people are suspected to be trapped at the site of fire and building collapse", said Commissioner of Police (Ludhiana).
At 12.15 pm when officials were still busy controlling the flames, the building came crashing down within seconds creating panic with several firemen and people trapped in the rubble.
"Around 10-20 people could still be under the debris".
A rescue operation is underway in India after a factory collapsed.
Some more firemen were among those trapped inside, they said. The incident took place at Mushtaq Nagar in the industrial city of Ludhiana, some 100 km from the Punjab capital of Chandigarh. Two of the injured were admitted to a nearby hospital.
Chemicals and plastic material stored in Amarson Polymers stoked the fire, officials said.
A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been carrying out the rescue and search operations at the spot. At least 15 fire tenders were rushed to the spot while earth-moving machinery has been pressed into service to clear the debris.
Officials said that a few other buildings and houses in the vicinity of the collapsed building were also damaged.
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