On Monday 14 women and three men have died in the fire that broke out at a firecracker factory in Andhra Pradesh. Six people died of severe burn injuries in hospital this morning.
The fire started three days before Diwali after an explosion so big that many workers were thrown off to nearby fields and two more women are missing, says police
officials says that there were 30 people at work when the fire began in Kakinada, 160 kms from the port city of Visakhapatnam.
A man who survived with minor injuries said, "We were working inside, when it happened so suddenly. We were thrown a huge distance.''
However, it took almost two hours to put out the flames as a lot of inflammable material was feeding the fire.
The factory has been operating every year during the festival season for the last 10 years and reportedly had a licence.
Now, the government has ordered an investigation into whether fire safety precautions had been ignored by the factory's owner.
N Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister has announced compensation of Rs. 2 lakh for the families of those who died.