A major fire broke out in the godown of Pungrain at Jawahar nagar locality here on Wednesday night and over 2 lakh empty gunny bags were gutted in the incident. As the godown was full of gunny bags, it took more than eight hours for 28 fire tenders to control the fire.
The official sources said about 10 pm some nearby residents noticed flames emanating from the godown and subsequently informed the police and fire department.
Though, three fire tenders reached the spot in 30 minutes, they could not mange to douse the fire as all of them got empty quickly. To stop the fire from spreading into the adjoining locality, the department sought help from fire Amritsar, Pathankot and Gurdaspur, following which upto 28 fire tenders came and collectively poured water and doused the flames.
“Though, we managed to drag out more than 50,000 bags but the rest were gutted. We asked Pungrain officials to provide labourers and JCB machine to drag out the gunny bags, but they could not help us,” said, Batala Fire Brigade in-charge Balwinder Singh Sekhon.
An investigation is underway; however, officials said there was no electricity connection in the godown.
Meanwhile, the residents of the locality appealed to the administration to shift the godown to someplace else as it may again result into any major accident