In all 55 fire tenders had to be pressed into action, following a major fire at a chemical factory on Badnera road in Amravati.
Although details are not yet available, the fire appears to be major one.
Any casualty has not been reported so far. The fire fighters are making all efforts to douse the flames. Being a chemical factory, fire fighting needs expert guidance.
The fire at National Chemicals in MIDC, Old bypass in Amravati, could be brought under control after great efforts by fire fighters.
The fire that broke out around 2 pm in the night tested skills of fire fighters. The smoke eminating from the factory could be seen from a distance of about two kilometer. Eight fire tenders from Amravati Municipal Corporation were pressed in for dousing the fire. More fire tenders were brought from Badnera, Chandur Railway, Nandgaon Khandeshwar, Tiwsa and Dhamangaon, to prevent spread of fire to other industries in the area.
Although the exact reason behind the fire was not known, short circuit is believed to have caused it. The Fire Brigade is estimating the loss caused in the fire. It is gathered that fire audit of the factory was not done.
The factory is adjacent to Shree Vallabh Gases, another inflammable item. The fire fighters had to work to prevent fire catching this factory. A residential colony ‘Maya Nagar’ is also near the Chemical Factory.
Amravati’s Guardian Minister, District Collector, Municipal Commissioner, Mayor and several leaders visited the place. Being a chemical factory the fire fighters had to use foam layer to control the spread of fire. Poisonous gases spread due to burning of chemicals and pesticides also pose problems to the people in adjoining areas.