The police said that an explosion occurred in a molten plastic paint machine near the underpass of the second terminal of the Kempegowda International Airport which caused the injury of six workers early Monday.
Two of the six injured workers are critical and are suffering with over 40 per cent of burns. And all have been admitted to the Victoria Hospital.
As said by the police, the workers were using thermoplastic paint marking machines to paint the zebra crossings and signages that led up to the airport terminal
The exact cause of the fire is still unknown but investigations revealed that the cause might have been “a substantial amount” of paint vapours and mist that released and mixed in the air of an enclosed area.
“Perhaps storage of paint material, overspray could have drifted into surrounding areas, mixing with the air and accumulating in unventilated areas leading to a blast,” the police explained.
The fire spread to the underpass in no time. The security guards rushed to rescue the workers on hearing their cries and took them to the hospital. The fire-fighters reached the place but it wasn’t before two hours that they were able to tackle down the fumes.
It is being said that this is the first fire while working over the construction of the airport’s second terminal, which has been going on since 2019.
The police said they have registered a complaint against the company under contract for negligence and failure to take precautions for the safety of workers.
The Kempegowda International Airport is the third-biggest airport in India.