A major fire broke out at a printing unit (D-145) in Sector 63 on Sunday afternoon. Despite 15 fire tenders being pressed into service to control the blaze, goods worth lakhs of rupees were gutted in the fire.
The flames could be doused only after a good five hours. The fire broke out at Gopsons Papers Ltd from sparks coming out of an adjoining unit.
"The supervisor noticed the flames at 2pm. He informed the proprietor, Sunil Datta Goyal, but by the time he reached the spot, the blaze had spread on the entire campus," said an employee.
About a dozen fire tenders were rushed but they failed to bring the situation under control. More fire tenders were rushed from Phase II, said sources. No human casualty was reported but presence of several LPG cylinders inside the campus made the task difficult for fire fighters.
Several cylinders were taken out before they explode. "The fire departpment got a call around 2.15pm from the factory. Two fire tenders were sent there. Eight more fire tenders were requisitioned from other fire stations," said chief fire officer Mahavir Singh.
Recurring incidents fuel scare
Back-to back incidents of devastating blaze this winter have exposed the fire-prevention mechanism in Noida. What will happen during the perennially fire-prone summer is the question troubling most industrial units here.
A recent NCR Planning Board report admits with multi-faceted activities, industrial development and a large number of multi-storey buildings, areas such as Noida and Ghaziabad have become vulnerable to fire hazard.
Less than a month ago, a cycle-parts factory was gutted in a major fire in Noida Phase II Industrial Area.
If a major fire at Indian Oil Building, which left two persons dead, exposed the poor state of preparedness, the situation is no better more than two years down the line.