A fire broke out on a ship anchored in a ship-breaking yard at Reti Bunder in Reay Road on Wednesday morning.
Nineteen workers were dismantling the ship at the time of the incident. No one was injured.
According to the police and fire brigade officers, a part of the ship that was being broken into scrap caught fire resulting in heavy losses.
At least eight fire tenders and eight water tankers were pressed into service to douse the fire.
The fire fighting officials took more than seven hours to douse the fire.
Uday Tatkare, chief fire official, said the ship ‘Captain’ was stationed at the scrap unit at Reti Bunder yard and was being dismantled.
The incident occurred at around 11 am when workers using gas cutters were breaking down the ship.
“During investigations, we found that the cutting work was underway. Sparks from the machine must have come in contact with the spilled oil in the yard which might have caused the fire,” said Tatkare.
The Reay Road police are investigating the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage.
“All workers were evacuated from the premises as soon the fire broke out. There were no injuries reported,” added Tatkare.
Fire brigade and police officials said the fire was first reported by one of the workers.
“Our priority was to prevent any casualty. We successfully evacuated all the 19 workers employed on the ship,” said an officer of Reay Road police station.
The police are investigating if there was negligence on part of the workers and will also
be questioning authorities of the firm that undertaken the job breaking the ship, the police said.