Goods and property worth around Rs 1 crore were gutted in a fire at Colour Udyog, a chemical factory, at Industrial Area, Phase 2, Panchkula.
The fire broke out around 11pm on Thursday and firemen managed to bring the flames under control by 2:30am. Around 20 fire tenders from Panchkula, Chandigarh, Dera Bassi and Ambala were pressed into service. The industrial unit was completed gutted and all goods stored in the factory were reduced to ashes despite courageous efforts by the firemen.
A case under section 336 (an act endangering life and personal safety of others) and section 427 (mischief causing damage of property) of the IPC has been registered against factory owner Ashwini Jindal.
According to officials, a truck parked inside the factory also caught fire, while a minitruck was completely damaged. Though the exact reason of the fire is yet to be ascertained, according to Jindal, the fire was triggered by a short-circuit.
Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Hema Sharma visited the site and marked an inquiry to ascertain if there were lapses on part of the factory owner.
She stated that the owner had been asked to produce documents pertaining to permission for storing inflammable materials in the factory. The pollution control board has been asked to check whether the unit has taken a no-objection certificate (NOC).
According to the fire department, the fire hydrants installed in the factory were not functional. In November 2011, the owner had to suspend work after a worker died of burns sustained in boiler blast.