According to local media, a fire broke out inside an underground power plant at the Srisailam Dam in Telangana State on Thursday night.
Videos from the scene show engineers with fire extinguishers rushing to put out a bright blaze raging on one of the power units.
Initial reports say that a short circuit may have caused the fire.
A total of 10 people have been rescued, six of whom were hospitalized.
Telangana Energy Minister Guntakandla Jagadish Reddy said that nine people are still trapped inside, while rescue efforts are being hampered by thick smoke in the facility.
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