Massive fire breaks out at a godown in Malviya Nagar in Delhi on Tuesday. Although no casualty was reported. This case is the trending in a series of factory fires this year.
As per the chief fire officer of Delhi fire services, Atul Garg, till now casualty was reported. But during the firefighting operations, the officer fell unconscious. The devastating fire engulfed a local gym and a school as well, sources said.
The officers at the spot said that the fire was of the highest magnitude this year. Tires and plastic materials which were stored at the factory’s godown fuelled the fire. Delhi Disaster Management Authority staff, Delhi Police force and several firefighters reached the particular spot. More than 36 fire tenders were rushed to the incident area to stop the fire from spreading. Current Aam Aadmi Party legislator Somnath Bharti visited the spot.
Delhi Disaster Management Staff and police personnel announced the nearby residents to stay inside their houses. All the nearby vehicles were removed from the spot to take the precautionary measures. Atul Garg said that the fire was reported at 4.17 pm.
He further said that this fire was of the highest magnitude so far in this year. The fire started from a local truck and started spreading all over the godown of plastic and rubber raw material where the truck was parked. The godown is situated right behind a school named Sant Nirankari Public School.
There is no information regarding of anyone stuck in the building as per the firefighters. Fire Chief GC Mishra stated that fire collapsed a portion of the school building. He further said that he would start an investigation on the godown owner if it was illegally built.
A local homemaker Rajni Kapni said,”There is a chemical factory behind the school. We saw the fire around 4.30 pm and one of the residents called the fire and police. Fire entered our house.” Along with that various local resident from that particular area said that these type of godowns in the residential areas are illegal. The fire situation could have been worse.
Aam Aadmi Part legislator Saurabh Bharadwaj mentioned that there are many thousands of illegal godowns and warehouses which are operating in the residential areas. If these were ignored, many disasters are still waiting to arise.
At the beginning of this year, 18 people including 9 women were killed in a massive fire attack that initially broke out at a firecracker warehouse in North Delhi.