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Bikes, foam worth Rs50m gutted in warehouse fire

Bikes, foam worth Rs50m gutted in warehouse fire

LAHORE: Bikes, foam and other material worth of Rs50 million were gutted after a huge fire engulfed a warehouse of an industrial unit in Gulberg’s industrial area here on Thursday.

No loss of life or injury was reported in the incident. The fire was so intense that it took almost six hours to extinguish.

A Rescue 1122 official said the fire broke out in the warehouse of motorcycles and a foam factory at around 1:30pm when employees had gone out for a lunch break.

The fire engulfed the building within minutes due to inflammable material, including chemicals and foam, used in manufacturing seats of bikes. The fire also damaged the walls of the adjacent buildings.

The pall of smoke that enveloped the warehouse and its surroundings could be seen from a long distance. The smoke was so thick that the people in the surrounding area started feeling suffocation.

A fire brigade official said the fire could have been controlled in an hour or two if they had got the facility of uninterrupted water supply. “Electricity loadshedding resulted in severe water shortage in the area and our vehicles had to rush to far-off localities to fetch water,” he said.

Capital Industries General Manager Hasan Sarwar said bikes, foam and wash well (a liquid detergent) were stored in the warehouse. He said the fire erupted during the lunch break and engulfed the foam, bikes and the fire extinguishing equipment installed at different spots of the factory.

He said a short circuit caused the fire and a few workers present there made a futile attempt to put out the blaze. The fire not only gutted different stocks used in manufacturing foam and motorcycles but also damaged the building. The valuables worth of Rs50m had been gutted, he said.

He said since the building was being used to stock foam and plastic material, the company had installed about 50 fire extinguishing equipment in different parts of its eight kanal factory.

Published in Dawn, April 22nd, 2016

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