24 hours on, fire rages on at port’s warehouse
A massive fire broke out on Sunday night at the warehouse of Gateway Distriparks Ltd’s Punjab Conware Container Freight Station facility at Dronagiri.mumbai Updated: Feb 02, 2010 01:19 IST
A massive fire broke out on Sunday night at the warehouse of Gateway Distriparks Ltd’s Punjab Conware Container Freight Station facility at Dronagiri.
No casualties were reported even as firemen continue to battle the blaze at the time of going to press. The loss is believed to run into crores of rupees.
Gateway Distriparks is a logistics facilitator for the shipping industry and the international trading community.
Its 15,000-sq-ft facility is situated around 9 km from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Sector 6 of Dronagiri.
Huge explosions could be heard from within the complex as chemical drums caught fire. Jacob Joseph, vice-president of the company, said, “The complex stocked import and export consignments. These include chemicals, tyres, garments.”
“We have no idea what led to the fire. The loss is also to be ascertained,” he added.
While the company denies any lapses and claims the fire personnel were informed immediately, there are conflicting reports.
Locals claimed the fire started around 9 pm.
A local businessman, requesting anonymity, said, “We saw some smoke coming out of the complex. The fire was small and not much care seemed to have been taken to contain it, which is how it spread.”
Fire personnel confirmed the delay. “We rushed to the spot after we received a call at 11.30 pm. By then the fire had engulfed a large area. We were informed late. The fire broke out around 10 pm,” said N.M. Rathod, fire officer, City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), Uran.
“We soon called for fire engines from all over Navi Mumbai, Panvel, Uran, Pen and even private companies. More than 12 engines have been deployed.”
He added, “Though we have the fire under control, it has not been doused completely. Even after we put out the fire in one area, the heat is such that another fire starts elsewhere in the complex.”