A massive blaze that broke out at a godown in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar on Tuesday evening has still not been doused.
The Air Force has joined the rescue operations and an Mi-17 helicopter has been deployed to douse the fire, reports news agency ANI.
Have launched a Mi 17 helicopter for Bambi operations from PALAM to try and contain fire at Malviya Nagar godown(in Delhi): Indian Air Force pic.twitter.com/3I1GdsT14H
— ANI (@ANI) May 30, 2018
No casualty was reported but chief fire officer of the Delhi fire services, Atul Garg, fell unconscious during the firefighting operations. The fire also partially engulfed a school building and a gymnasium, fire officials said.
Fire officers said fire was of the “highest magnitude” this season. Plastic and raw material stored at the factory fuelled the fire.
At least 35 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to contain the blaze. Aam Aadmi Party legislator Somnath Bharti also visited the spot.
Police and DDMA staff made continuous announcements, asking residents to stay inside their houses. All vehicles were removed as precautionary measure.
Thick pile of smoke rises from a warehouse in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar.
(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Speaking to Hindustan Times earlier on Tuesday evening, Garg said the fire was reported at their control room at 4.17 pm.
“This fire was of the highest magnitude so far in this season. The fire started from a truck and spread to a godown of rubber and plastic raw material where the vehicle was parked. The godown is right behind Sant Nirankari Public School and had it occurred in the afternoon, evacuation of children would have been challenging as the area is congested,” Garg said.
Fire chief GC Mishra said the fire might caused a portion of the school building to collapse.
AAP legislator Somnath Bharti said the incident brings to fore his pending demand of a fire station nearby. On whether the godown was being illegally run, Somnath said it is a matter of investigation.
“There’s a chemical factory behind the school. We saw the fire around 4.30 pm and one of the residents called the fire and police. Smoke entered our houses, said Rajni Kapani, who lives right in front of the godown.
Veenu Mansharamani, another resident, said such godowns next to school building are illegal. “The area is residential and the fire could have easily engulfed houses. The situation could have been worse,” she said.
In another incident, a fire broke out at a ground where vehicles seized by police in south district were stashed in Pushp Vihar. Eight fire tenders, five PCR Vans 20 persons from civil defence and one QRT from disaster management , and local police reached the spot and controlled the fire and situation,” deputy commissioner of police (south), Romil Baaniya said.
Earlier this year, 17 persons died in a fire at a fire cracker storage factory in outer Delhi’s Bawana, Last month in Kohat Enclave, a fire on the ground floor of a building killed a couple and their two minor children.
Earlier this month, in west Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar, two children died in a fire in their building.
(With inputs from agencies)