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Smouldering paper keeps fire-fighters on their toes for third day

punjab Updated: Jun 14, 2012 21:59 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Even after more than 48 hours of outbreak of fire that gutted paper worth Rs 150 crore at Khanna Paper Mills in Amritsar, fire-fighters were busy on Thursday dousing smouldering paper at the factory premises.

The administration officials, supervising fire-fighting operation, claimed it would take another day to put out the fire completely.

The fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon and spread over an area of eight to nine acres in no time, threatening even nearby houses.

A total of 50 fire brigade vehicles reached the mill and even the local airport authorities send its machines and personnel to fight the blaze.

"About three-fourth of the fire has been brought under control. We are working to control it totally. The fire was so intense that a special strategy had to be devised to control it," deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said. He said he hoped that in the next day or two, the operation would end.

Mill director Suneet Kochhar said, "From the area where the fire has been extinguished, we have started bringing out burnt heaps of paper. There was one area which was not touched earlier and now the fire-fighters will start working on that."

The army was also called in and airport authorities kept rescue workers and fire-fighters posted about the wind direction and speed from time to time.