UPDATE: Two killed in Birgunj gas factory fire; efforts ongoing to take fire under control
BIRGUNJ: Two people died after a petroleum gas factory was engulfed in flames in Patelnagar of Birgunj Sub Metropolitan City-22 in Parsa district this morning.
Super Gas Udhyog Ltd, based in Gandak, has been engulfed in flames since 6:15 am today, according to the police.
The deceased have been identified as Madhusudan Mishra and Yadav Prasad Adhikari. Meanwhile, six people including three Metropolis fire fighters have sustained injuries in the incident.
A possible leakage in the gas tank could be the reason behind the fire outbreak, the police further said.
The number of employees present in the factory when the fire broke out is yet to be ascertained.
It has been learnt that a fire engine dispatched from Birgunj Metropolis to the incident site went out of contact after it caught fire.
Other fire engines, dispatched from neighbouring Bara and India, have not been able to enter the factory. The gas cylinders are still exploding and flames are erupting from within.
Meanwhile, the effort is ongoing to bring the fire under control. Settlements in the nearby areas are being evacuated to safer locations.
Further details into the incident are awaited.