Nine killed after being trapped in fire at an underground hydroelectric plant in India

At least nine people were killed after a fire broke out at a hydroelectric plant in India’s Telangana state late on Thursday night. Search and rescue teams have been able to recover six bodies so far.

Nineteen people were on shift when the fire started around 10.30pm on Thursday. While 10 managed to escape, nine were trapped inside the underground plant.

Short circuit is suspected to have started the fire, later an explosion hit unit 4 of the six-unit power station.

The smoke from the massive blaze had engulfed all six units of the power station from zero level to the service bay, hampering rescue operations.

Although the fire has been contained but smoke was still billowing from the plant. Authorities said that smoke was hampering the rescue operation. At least three times thick smoke aborted personnel from entering the premises.

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has ordered a CID inquiry into the incident and a detailed report will be submitted to the state government.