Major fire at Ghaziabad industrial unit, no casualty
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Major fire at Ghaziabad industrial unit, no casualty

A fire broke out in a conveyor belt manufacturing unit in Ghaziabad. While there was no casualty, some firefighters sustained injuries

noida Updated: Jul 27, 2017 23:47 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times/Ghaziabad
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The fire started around 8.30am on Thursday and could be put out only by 5pm. Over 20 fire tenders and 50 personnel were involved in the firefighting operation.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

A major fire broke out at a conveyor belt manufacturing unit in Bulandshahr Road industrial area in Ghaziabad on Thursday morning.

More than 20 fire tenders were pressed into service and over 50 personnel from the district fire department battled for hours before the fire could be completely doused by 5pm.

According to officials, the fire started around 8.30am in the second floor of the unit. It is suspected to have been caused by a short circuit, but this is yet to be confirmed. The unit manufactures rubber conveyor belts for machines.

“We roped in 25 fire tenders, including those called from other places such as Hapur, Gautam Budh Nagar and even Delhi. Three of our personnel also sustained minor injuries when glass panes in the building shattered,” said Akshay Ranjan Sharma, chief fire officer, Ghaziabad.

The fire tenders made nearly 100 trips to fetch water to the incident site.

“Between the first and second floor of the building, there was a mezzanine floor that had an iron grille, which fell down. This hampered the firefighting operation. We are yet to estimate the losses, but there was no casualty reported during the incident,” he added.

The unit employs nearly 35 staff members. The guard said he saw smoke emanating from the upper floors and immediately informed the officials of the unit who called up police and the fire department.

As a result of the fire, the unit’s walls developed cracks. The officials have advised the staff not to venture inside till precautionary measures are taken.

“The major issue in tackling the fire was non-operational firefighting equipment in the unit. We will inquire with the unit officials once we go for further inspection on Friday,” Sharma added.

Following the incident, district magistrate Ministhy S and senior superintendent of police HN Singh reached the site and supervised the firefighting measures for nearly an hour.

First Published: Jul 27, 2017 23:47 IST