Fire at un­der-con­struc­tion cold store in SAS Na­gar

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SAS NA­GAR: A fire broke out at an un­der-con­struc­tion cold store of a pizza man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany in Phase 1, in­dus­trial area, SAS Na­gar, on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

No one was in­jured in the fire, sus­pected to be caused by a short cir­cuit in the loose wires hang­ing along the boundary wall of the build­ing, sit­u­ated next to Mark­fed Agro Chem­i­cals.

Sur­pris­ingly, no one from the fac­tory in­formed the fire bri­gade even though labour­ers were work­ing on the premises. Fire­fight­ers rushed to the spot on their own af­ter see­ing clouds of smoke ris­ing into the sky.

Fire of­fi­cials came across se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of fire safety rules on the fac­tory premises, which lacked in fire­fight­ing equip­ment.

A huge quan­tity of sponge was stored on the premises that caught fire af­ter a spark in the live wires.

“We were not told about the fire. We came to know af­ter we spot­ted smoke from the spot. Three fire ten­ders were pressed into ser­vice to con­trol the fire,” said chief fire of­fi­cer Sham Lal Kam­boj. He said that there was no pro­vi­sion of water on the fac­tory premises. Lose hang­ing wires and con­struc­tion ma­te­rial dumped in the back­yard pre­vented move­ment of fire ten­ders.

“A six-me­tre wide area should be left open around the build­ing to fa­cil­i­tate move­ment of fire ten­ders in case of fire. But, sponge and con­struc­tion ma­te­rial blocked our pas­sage,” Kam­boj added.

In­ter­est­ingly, queries of fire of­fi­cials were stonewalled by those present on the spot.

Fire­men had to ar­gue for about 30 min­utes with the fac­tory man­ager, who kept deny­ing ini­tially that he was an em­ployee of the com­pany.

Kam­boj as­serted that le­gal ac­tion would be taken against firm’s em­ploy­ees since they not only tried to mis­lead the fire­fight­ers but also failed to give ma­te­rial in­for­ma­tion.

HT PHOTO

Fire­men try­ing to douse the fire that broke out in an un­der-con­struc­tion cold store of a pizza com­pany in Phase 1, In­dus­trial Area, in SAS Na­gar on Wed­nes­day.

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