The Capital’s firemen had their hands full for the third time this week after a major fire broke out at a three-storey garment factory located in a congested locality in east Delhi on Sunday morning.
According to Delhi Fire Services (DFS) officials, it took firemen over four-and-a half hours to douse the fire, which was reported at around 2 pm from a bylane near the Mahila Colony located in Gandhi Nagar.
“Around 25 fire tenders were pressed into service and the situation was brought under control by 6.40 pm. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained,” a DFS official said Officials said the fire, which engulfed the nylon garment-manufacturing-cum-storage facility in the Tagore Gali, had originally started around 8 am, but residents staying nearby did not call them thinking that would put it out themselves.
“However, after they couldn’t bring it under control, they called the Fire Department. No injuries have been reported and we are investigating the exact cause of the blaze. We are also looking for the factory owner, Beenu,” the official said.
On Saturday, a major fire had broken out at a paint factory in west Delhi’s Mayapuri industrial area.
The blaze was reported at 2.50 pm from Mayapuri’s B block and 30 fire tenders had been rushed to the spot to douse the flames. While no casualties or injuries had been reported, the DFS had to work very hard to keep the blaze from spreading to adjoining factories.
Their biggest challenge so far this season, however, was rescuing close to 200 people from the Punjab National Bank building located on central Delhi’s Patel Chowk on Wednesday.
As many as 25 fire tenders and more than 80 DFS officials had to work for more than an hour to help douse the blaze, later ascertained to have been ignited by a short circuit in the air conditioning at the five-storey building.
Fortunately, no casualties or injuries have been reported from fire breakouts so far this year.