Two killed, 72 rescued after massive fire in Gujarat’s packaging factory

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Surat, Oct 18 : At least two people were killed and more than 70 workers were rescued after a massive fire broke out in a packaging company’s factory here in the early hours on Monday.

Ishwar Patel, Divisional Fire Officer, Surat Municipal Corporation, told UNI, “Fire broke out due to a short circuit in the basement of a five-storey building of Diva Packaging Company, located in GIDC area near Vareli Garden on Bardoli Road, about 18 km from Surat city. It continued for about 2-3 hours.

“The information about this was received by the Fire Department at around 04:45 hours. A burnt body was found from the basement and a worker died as he jumped from the fifth floor to escape from the fire.”

He said, the fire spread from the basement to other floors after a tree located near the building caught fire.

“As the flames started rising till the fourth floor, a worker jumped from the fifth floor to escape. However, he died on the spot,” the fire officer said.

Though the entire basement of the building was burnt completely, there was no damage to the rest of the building, he said.

About 16 fire-fighting vehicles and 100 officers and personnel were finally able to bring the fire under control after five hours.

Meanwhile, 72 people trapped, who were in the building, were evacuated safely.

Two-three people, who were affected by the smoke, have been taken to hospital, Patel said.

He said, the fire spread rapidly due to the presence of plastic and other inflammable items in the basement. The building also did not have adequate facilities to prevent fire.

However, due to the direction of the wind, the fire did not intensify and people were quickly evacuated from the top floors with the help of state-of-the-art hydraulic equipment, the fire officer said.

In May 2019, 22 children were killed in a fire incident in a coaching institute in Surat. Post the incident, there were many incidents of fire in hospitals and factories in the state causing death of several people.

Recently, an inquiry commission was held wherein the management was found responsible for death of more than a dozen Covid-19 patients in two hospitals in Surat and Ahmedabad due to fire.


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