Police in Ahmedabad, India, arrested six people associated with Nandan Denim on charges related to fire safety after a blaze Saturday night killed seven workers.
The company’s director, general manager and fire safety officer have been booked for culpable homicide and negligence, according to police. Also charged is the owner and managing director of Chiripal Group, the parent company of Nandan Denim.
A preliminary investigation showed that entry and exit from the factory’s first floor was limited to one door accessible by means of a ladder. No fire safety measures were in place at the factory, investigators report.
Responders found all seven of the fatalities on the first floor, assistant chief fire officer Rajesh Bhatt said. More than 60 workers were on duty in the factory’s shirt department on the first floor when the fire broke out.
Nandan Denim’s annual report to stockholders claims it to be India’s largest denim fabric makers and one of the leading denim manufacturers worldwide.
Bhatt said responders had to deal with a large inventory of flammable fabrics, all of which caught fire. No officials cause of the fire has been established.
India’s Director of Industrial Safety and Health issued orders for the factory to remain closed in the wake of the fire.