Goods worth crores gutted as fire breaks out in Ludhiana hosiery factory
The fire fighting operations were, however, still underway to douse the flames even after 18 hours of the incident. As many as 16 fire tenders were deputed at the spot, including those from Jagraon, Samrala, Khanna and Halwara Air Force Station.punjab Updated: Apr 28, 2018 13:55 IST
A major fire broke out at a hosiery unit on Bahadurke Road here on Friday. No casualty was reported as all 14 workers inside the two-storey building managed to escape.
The fire fighting operations were, however, still underway to douse the flames even after 18 hours of the incident. As many as 16 fire tenders were deputed at the spot, including those from Jagraon, Samrala, Khanna and Halwara Air Force Station.
Owner of the unit Brij Mohan said goods and machinery worth crores perished in the incident. “A part of the building also collapsed and rest was badly damaged,” he said. Cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, police said.
As per information, labourers were working in the night shift when the fire broke out. One of the employees Rajnish who was present in the factory at the time of the incident while he came down to prepare tea, labourers were working on the first floor. “At around 12.30am, I saw smoke emanating from the office of the owner at the ground floor where an inverter was kept. I tried to douse the flames using fire extinguishers, due to no avail,” Rajnish claimed.
After his failed attempt, Rajnish said he said he raised an alarm. “Three labourers were stuck on the first floor, but came down using a cloth as a rope,” he claimed.
Labourers gathered around the unit as cloud of smoke emanated from the factory, following which fire engulfed the building. The unit is spread in around 4 acres with around 2 acres of built-up area.
Sub-fire officer Shristi Nath claimed 16 fire tenders made around 250 rounds, but were not able to douse flames completely due to presence of acrylic material in the unit.
“Smoke was still emanating out of debris and fire fighters are unable to reach those spots of the building. We have left a fire tender behind to tackle emergency situation during the night,” he added