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17 Killed in Major Fire at Maharashtra’s Biggest Arms Depot

At least 17 security personnel, including two Army officers, were today (May 31) killed in a massive fire that broke out at one of Asia’s biggest ammunition depot in Maharashtra’s Pulgaon that houses the largest stockpile of weapons in the country.Two officers, including a Lieutenant Colonel, and 15 Defence Security Corp (DSC) jawans were among those killed in the blaze that started around 2 AM, an Army officer said. Also, at least 19 security personnel were injured in the fire that has spread to a number of sheds that houses ammunitions, bombs and other explosive items. Some of them with burn injuries are in a critical condition, he said. Video footage showed the raging fire lighting up the night sky.

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