At least two person died and 17 were injured in an explosion after fire broke out in a factory in Nashik on Sunday, ANI reported, citing Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.

Several fire engines are at the spot trying to douse the flames and an operation is underway to rescue those trapped inside the factory.

The explosion took place around 11.30 am inside the reactor plant of a poly film factory located in Mundegaon village of Igatpuri tehsil in Nashik.

Bharti Pravin Pawar, the Union Minister of State for Health, told reporters on Sunday evening that officials from the local administration and the office of the district guardian minister were present at the spot, ANI reported.

“Normally, 20 to 25 people work in the plant,” Divisional Revenue Commissioner Radhakrishna Game told reporters. “But, as it was the first day of the New Year, the number was less on Sunday. As huge grass has grown in the premises and inflammable material is lying everywhere, our first aim is to control the fire.”