Kochi, Jan 17 (PTI) A massive fire destroyed two factories
manufacturing spirit-based products such as thinner and polish
at an industrial estate near here, officials said on Sunday.
None was injured in the blaze that broke out around
midnight on Saturday and raged on before the Fire and Rescue
personnel from 25 stations in Ernakulam and nearby districts
doused it around 5 AM on Sunday, they said.
There were no workers at the time of the mishap as the
units do not have night shifts.
One more adjacent unit in the Edayar Industrial Estate in
Ernakulam district was partially damaged in the fire, said to
have been caused by lightning.
A Fire and Rescue service officer said a major blast was
averted due to the efforts of the nearly 100 personnel as a
huge volume of an inflammable raw material was stored in the
underground of one of the factories.
A major explosion would have occurred had the raw material
caught fire, Station Officer of nearby Eloor Fire and Rescue
station T B Ramakrishnan told PTI.
Fire and Rescue personnel from 25 stations in Ernakulam,
Thrissur, Alappuzha and Kottayam districts fought the inferno
and brought it under control around 3.30 AM, officials said,
adding the extent of damage was severe and the loss was being
The fire was first reported from one of the factories at
11.54 pm and his team rushed to the spot within minutes,
More teams of personnel in 30 vehicles were rushed to the
spot after being informed about the severest nature of the
fire, he said.
The blaze was finally doused around 5 AM. PTI TGB
Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI
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