17 killed in India army ammunition depot fire: reports

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17 killed in India army ammunition depot fire: reports

MUMBAI, May 31, (APP/AFP) A fire at a massive military
ammunition depot in central India on Tuesday has killed at least 17 people and left many more injured, according to media reports.

The Press Trust of India news agency said two officers were among the 17 soldiers to have died in the blaze at the depot in Pulgaon, near the city of Nagpur in the state of Maharashtra.

The NDTV network also reported that 17 people had been killed in the huge blaze which it said had broken out after an explosion at the depot in the early hours of the morning.

Thousands of families living in the area had been evacuated from nearby towns and villages.