A major fire caused by a skyrocket that landed on a rubber factory at Aman Nagar locality on Wednesday afternoon reduced the unit into ashes, taking 40 firefighters 16 hours to control the blaze.
As many as 12 fire tenders, called from Kapurthala, Kartarpur and Phagwara besides a special foam tender of the Indian Oil Corporation, doused the fire by 7am on Thursday.
Reports said the raw material kept on the premises of the factory, Kanhiya Rubber Factory, caught fire around 3pm after a stray skyrocket launched possibly from the same locality landed there. Though no causality was reported since it was a holiday due to Diwali, the factory building was badly damaged. The losses are expected to run into crores.
A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also called in keeping in mind the possibility of the building collapse due to heavy fire.
The equipment, raw material and electrical transformers on the factory premises were gutted in the fire. The fire also spread to an adjoining rubber unit, Kanhiya Utpadan, and caused losses.
After getting information, deputy commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav, additional deputy commissioner Girish Dayalan, sub-divisional magistrate-II Varinder Pal Bajwa, additional deputy commissioner of police-1 J Elanchezhian and other officials rushed to the spot and took stock of the rescue operation.
ADC Dayalan said the fire went uncontrollable due to inflammable rubber material and, therefore, fire tenders from nearby areas and a foam-based tender were pressed into service to control the fire.
“The administration had called a NDRF team since the factory is situated in a dense residential area and it would have caused a huge loss of life and property there,” said Dayalan.
The owner of both units, Neeraj Arora, could not be reached for comments.
As per details gathered from the fire brigade department, fire broke out at 11 locations, including Janak Nagar, Cool Road, Model House, Burlton Park, Gopal Nagar, Gujarati Mohalla, Saraswati Vihar, Ganesh Nagar, on Diwali night. No major loss was reported in these incidents.