Sambalpur, : A fire broke out in a gutkha manufacturing unit in Pardhiapali locality of Sambalpur district on Monday morning.
On being informed, fire officials arrived at the spot and initiated an operation to rescue the workers trapped inside the factory as well as to douse the fire.
Following the mishap, at least 25 persons sustained severe burn injuries and were rushed to a nearby hospital.
However, four of them were shifted to Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Burla as their condition deteriorated.
On the other hand, it is suspected that some more workers might be present inside the unit.
However, the exact reason behind the fire incident is yet to be ascertained.