Mumbai, Jun 21: A major fire broke out in a chemical godown at Poorna in Bhiwandi near Mumbai on Monday, Jun 21.
The fire broke out in one among the hundreds of godowns which store inflammable chemiclas like acids and solvents. Fire spread rapidly, embedding the area in a cloud of acrid smoke. The fire can be seen five kilometres away, though no injuries have been reported. Barrels exploded and rocketed upwards in heat spilling their contents into other godowns creating a fiery chain reaction.
The flames which broke out at around 6.45 pm on Saturday, Jun 19 was brought under control by Sunday, Jun 20 morning. But it again went out of control since Monday, Jun 21 morning. The main constraint was the availability of water, which had to procured from eight kilometres away.
The cause of fire is not yet established. It has caused the loss of a rough estimate of around Rs 100 crore. It will take atleast six months to make up the loss, thinks the industrial experts.