Fire breaks out at under-construction warship at Mazagaon Dock, one dead

Fire breaks out at under-construction warship at Mazagaon Dock, one dead
A 23-year-old contract worker died due to asphyxia and burn injury in the fire that broke out at Yard 12704, where the warship Visakhapatnam is being built

A broke out on an under-construction warship in the Mazagaon Docks in Mumbai on Friday, resulting in the death of one contractual worker.

The level III fire, which broke out around 4 pm, was brought under control after three hours of firefighting.

At least eight fire-fighting engines, along with quick-response vehicle, were pressed into service to douse the blaze, which was confined to the second and third decks of the under-construction ship, Visakhapatnam.

“A major fire incident took place on Yard 12704 (Visakhapatnam), the first class of Project 15 B during operations in a tank at MDL today at 4 PM which was brought under control by 7 PM,” said a statement issued by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL).

A 23-year-old contract worker died in the mishap.

“One contract worker unfortunately succumbed possibly due to asphyxia and burn injury and another suffered minor burns. An inquiry has been constituted to ascertain the cause of the fire,” the statement read.

The worker, who was declared brought dead at JJ Hospital, was later identified as Brajendra Kumar.

The warship, Vishakhapatnam, is first of the P15-B stealth guided missile destroyers. It is expected to enter service with the Indian Navy by 2021.

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