The fire broke out at the central ammunition depot in Pulgaon early this morning.
Nagpur: At least 17 security personnel, including two young army officers, were killed in a major fire that broke out at the central ammunition depot in Pulgoan early this morning.
Two officers and 17 Defence Security Corp jawans were injured in the blaze, some of them critically, an army officer said.
“The main fire at one of the sheds has been extinguished. The situation is being stabilised. Secondary fire and explosions cannot be ruled out now,” the army officer added.
Reports say that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is likely to visit the site.
The central ammunition depot in Pulgaon, which is 110 kilometres from Nagpur, is one of India’s biggest arms depots. It recently won an award for using solar energy to dispose off expired ammunition.
(with inputs from PTI)