Hyderabad, (IANS) At least 15 people were killed and several others injured in a major fire that broke out in Visakhapatnam Steel Plant Wednesday night, witnesses said.
The fire broke out following a huge blast in oxygen house of SMS II, a portion of public sector undertaking in the coastal city of Visakhapatnam also called as Vizag, about 600 km from here.
The death toll could go up several injured are said to be battling for life at Seven Hills Hospitals. The bodies were shifted to steel plant general hospital.
While there was no confirmation of death toll either from the steel plant authorities or police, legislator from Gajuvaka constituency C. Venkatramaiah and some other witnesses said as many as 15 people were killed.
The victims include officials and permanent and contract workers.
This is said to be the worst disaster in the history of the steel plant.