Dimapur, January 26: A massive fire broke out at Chungaizaeng Rongmei Colony, Burma Camp here at around 11: 45 am in which a factory manufacturing plastic goods, glass and fibres and five to six residential houses in the adjacent compound were razed to ground. Two LPG cylinder blasts caused more havoc leading to rapid spread of the inferno. However there was no human casualty in the fire.
According to reports, properties worth around Rs one crore were destroyed in the fire, including belongings of the 4 families whose houses were razed. It took more than two hours to fully bring the fire under control.
The village council and the District officials had vacated people of the surrounding buildings and houses as a preventive measure and barricades were placed for people and manned by colony youths and police personnel.
As per reports, the fire reportedly started from a residential building which had four families as tenants, including the owner, and the blaze spread quickly. The plastic factory was razed in no time including houses and shops in the adjacent compounds.
Fire fighters from Dimapur Fire station and West Fire Station immediately rushed to the spot on receiving news of the fire, to control the fire, but were impeded by hundreds of people assembled in the roads taking pictures in their phones leading to the spot. Adding more complication was vehicles stopping in the middle of the road to take picture and in the process obstructing free way to the emergency vehicle.
Dimapur Fire Station officials said they received information of the fire around 11: 55 am and immediately rushed to the spot. Altogether 6 fire tenders were deployed to bring the fire under control.
“It took one hour 20 minutes to control the fire” Fire station official said.
The fire may have been caused due to short circuit and we are trying to ascertain it, fire official told Nagaland Page.
The owner of the plastic factory M/s Plastic Emporium, Shaib SK told Nagaland Page that he along with his staffs were working inside the factory when suddenly they saw fire raging from the next compound and within few minutes spreading to his factory destroying everything.
Plastic goods and other items worth around Rs 70 lakhs were stocked in the go-down but everything has been turned into ashes, he broke down while narrating his ordeal and how his family has now been rendered homeless.
Colony youths speaking told Nagaland Page that the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained and the colony council will be holding a meeting in this regard.
(Page News Service)