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Indore: Hight-tension electricity lines fall on factory; major fire breaks out

PTI   |  Feb 17, 2013, 05:19AM IST
Indore: A major fire broke out in a plastic factory in Sanwer industrial area after high-tension electricity lines fell on the factory premises early on Saturday morning. One person was injured in the fire that broke out after a speeding truck rammed into an electricity pole near the factory in Banganga area.
 
Machinery and goods worth lakhs of rupees were gutted. After the high-tension electricity line damaged, the power supply of around 10 adjacent villages remained affected till afternoon. Some workers, living in the vicinity of the factory, noticed thick smoke billowing out of the factory of Arif Industries around 4.30 am and immediately informed the fire brigade. By the time, fire fighting team reached the spot, the flames engulfed entire factory premises.
 
Raw material, chemicals and machinery kept on the premises was gutted. Seven fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the blaze.
 
The smoke billowing from the building spread around one kilometre area. Police cordoned off the street leading to the building. 
 
The machinery was switched off and there was no one inside when the blaze broke out. With the help of the workers living in the vicinity, fire tenders managed to douse the fire. Son of factory's security guard sustained minor injuries while extinguishing the fire.
 
Sub-inspector Baljit Singh Hooda said that the fire was so devastating that as many as 7 tanks of water were used to douse the flames. It took over two hours to bring the situation under control.
All the goods kept in the factory premises reduced to ashes and the damage was estimated upto several lakhs. The company manufactures plastic 'daana' that is used as raw materials for making different plastic items.
 
A large number of shopkeepers and passersby gathered on the main road during the fire disrupting normal traffic at the busy road for sometime. A case was registered at Banganga police station.
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