Plastic factory gutted in major fire

A major fire broke out in a plastic goods factory in west Delhi’s Mayapuri industrial area on Saturday morning. No casualties were reported.

The fire department declared it a ‘middle fire’, a term used for fire incidents where more than 18 fire tenders are required.

More than 30 fire tenders were pressed into service and firemen took six hours to completely douse the fire in the factory. The building is situated in block-B of Mayapuri Phase II.

“A call regarding this incident was received at the fire department headquarters at about 8.20 am. Within ten minutes, fire tenders reached the spot,” said a fire department official.

“The firefighters demanded more fire tenders, as the fire was getting more fuel from the cardboard in the factory. Heavy, dark smoke filled the air making the rescue mission more difficult.”

The rescue operation started at about 8.30 am and continued till 2 pm.

Inflammable chemicals kept inside the building kept on exploding. This caused difficulty in rescue operations, the official said.

However, the employees managed to escape from the factory unhurt.

Many fire officials stayed back with nine fire tenders till late evening to deal with the possibility of further explosions.

Some nearby buildings also caught fire in the incident. Property worth several lakh rupees was burnt, the official said.

“We are investigating the reason behind the incident,” the official added.

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