Fire at Ludhiana's Sufia Chowk claims three lives

Residents looked on as rescue workers tried to find survivors and bodies

The factory building collapsed at 12:30 pm, PTI reported. Emergency workers are trying to fing survivors under the wreckage.

At least 15 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, located near the busy Cheema Chowk, which controled the fire after almost six hours.

At least three people were killed after a fire broke out in a plastic manufacturing factory in an Industrial Area in Ludhiana, near Sufia Chowk.

Two of those who have died are believed to be a fireman and a taxi service owner, the Indian Express said.

Among the 15 people trapped in the debris are eight employees of the fire department and three officials - Rajinder Sharma, Raj Kumar and Sumohan Gill.

State Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has turned to the district administration for help in a rescue operation. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel are conducting rescue operations, while the defence personnel and the Punjab Police also joined hands in the operation.

"The exact situation will be known when the situation improves and some debris is cleared".

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