Paint factory in Mandhana gutted in fire, loss of lakhs | Kanpur News


KANPUR: A major fire broke out at a paint factory located at Pachore Road in Mandhana area under the limits of Bithoor police station area of the district on Monday morning. Short-circuit in electrical wiring is suspected to have caused the fire in which property worth lakhs was gutted.
More than half-a-dozen fire tenders were rushed to the spot to control the flames, which gutted a major portion of the factory. Fire department officials said the fire was so intense that it could be brought under control late in the evening. No casualties, however, were reported till filing of the report.
Panic prevailed and locals in nearby residential pockets evacuated their houses in a hurry as several loud explosions were heard and thick columns of smoke descended in the area.
Police sources said a stray spark following short-circuit hit containers of inflammable chemicals at paint factory, when the employees of the morning shift were to begin their duty, may have triggered the blaze. Seeing the fire, several labourers rushed towards the factory’s exit gate to save their lives.
Senior administrative, police and Fire department officials rushed to the spot. Sources said the major portion of the factory was destroyed and the losses could run into several lakhs.
“The fire might have started due to short-circuit, but the exact cause of fire will be ascertained after thorough investigation,” SP rural Brijesh Kumar Srivastava said.
The fire officials said paints and chemicals stored in huge quantities in the factory fed the fire and made it difficult for fire-tenders to control it quickly.
“There was a delay in rescue operation, as majority of fire tenders got stuck in traffic jam on busy GT Road,” he added.

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