The factory didn’t have a fire NOC
NEW DELHI: Around 150 firemen took over six hours to douse a major blaze that erupted in a closed chappal factory in Keshavpuram Industrial Area on Tuesday. Though no casualty was reported since the factory was empty, the biggest worry were the closed rooms and blasts occurring in the thinner tanks that could have led to collapse of the structure. The factory did not have a fire NOC.
The fire was doused by afternoon after which cooling operations continued. Delhi Fire Service (DFS) said they received a call about the blaze at 8.34am. Initially, 15 fire tenders were sent, but when the entire building was seen in flames nine more were sent.
A senior fire officer said they faced a lot of difficulty while reaching the spot and carrying out the operation as the area was very congested. The flames were quite high and adjacent factories became at risk of getting engulfed in the blaze.
Atul Garg, DFS director, said, “We had to approach the fire in a different manner as we were unaware of the kind of materials kept inside the factory. The flames were rising quickly and we didn’t want them to spread. We first surrounded the fire and then started dousing it.”
Local residents said that the chappal factory had been shut for the past few months. The 250 square yard building consisted of a basement, ground and three floors.
A firefighter said that the rooms were full of plastic and rubber. “When rubber burns, it has dense smoke and high flames, so firefighting becomes tougher. It takes time to douse it. Also, several rooms were locked and each of them had to be broken into to contain the fire amid the rising temperature. We put out the blaze by 3pm and began cooling operations after that,” he added.