New Delhi: At least 250 workers are feared to be trapped and two were killed under debris of a multi-storey blanket factory building in Jalandhar that collapsed after an explosion in the boiler on late Sunday night.

The army and fire brigade personnel were rushed to the spot while the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team joined the rescue operations on Monday.

District Magistrate and senior police officials have rushed to the factory site to take stock of the situation. Nearly 57 people have been rescued from the collapse site
till mid-noon, Deputy Commissioner (Jalandhar) Priyank Bharti said, quoting personnel from the fire brigade and army, who have been actively engaged in rescue operations through the night.

Intermittent rain is hampering the rescue operation at the accident site where district officials, police and medical teams are also present to overlook the work.

Two persons out of the rescued ones have suffered serious injuries and they have been admitted in the ICU unit of a nearby hospital, he said.
There is, however, no confirmation yet on the exact number of people trapped. The entire factory building collapsed at around midnight on Sunday, Bharti said, adding the cause of the mishap was yet to be ascertained.

According to eye-witnesses, the entire factory building collapsed after an explosion in the boiler and it is estimated that around 250 to 300 people were present inside the building at the time of the incident.