Five dead and at least 15 injured by explosion and fire at Gujarat Fluorochemicals

Five people were killed and at least 15 others injured during an explosion and subsequent fire at a fluorochemicals plant in the Panchmahal district of Gujarat, India, on 16 December, according to local news reports. The cause of the fatal blast, which was apparently heard several kilometres away, remains undetermined.

Gujarat Fluorochemicals is owned by Indian conglomerate Inox group. It produces products like fluoropolymers and refrigerants.

An explosion and fire at RP industries in Ankleshwar, Gujarat, on 7 December killed one worker and hospitalised five others; while an incident fire in February at agrochemical maker UPL, also in Gujarat, killed two workers and injured more than two dozen others in February of this year.