The Punjab News Line
SAMANA, India — A plywood factory situated at Ghagga bypass in Samana was gutted in an inferno that lasted for hours, damaging goods worth lakhs.
The fire was controlled only after five hours of struggle by the firefighters and fire tenders which were called in from various other towns.
The fire brigade officials said the intensity of the blaze was so huge that fire fighting vehicles had to be called from Samana, Patiala and Sangrur.
They said the fire occurred at about 2 a.m. in the morning and it could be controlled by 10 a.m.
According to fire man Ramchandra from Patiala fire brigade team, information on the fire at Samana bypass was given early morning and a team was dispatched to Radhika Enterprises plywood factory in Samana at about 2:45 a.m.
A team from Samana fire brigade was already at work when the team from Patiala reached there. After some time a team from Sangrur also joined the other two teams in controlling the fire. All the three teams took about five to six hours in dousing the flames.
Ramchandra informed that the factory did not have the facility of storing water and due to this the firemen faced a tough time in controlling the situation.
He stated that the factory did not have enough space for the firefighting vehicles to stand. These are the reasons due to which the attempt to control the fire took time.
Raman Kumar, owner of the factory, stated that Teg Bahadur, the watchman of the factory, saw smoke coming out of the factory at about 2:30 am and he informed the police as well as the fire brigade.
Kumar stated that the fire had spread when city in-charge S.K. Sikandar, SDM Sukhwinder Singh Gill, reached the spot.
He added that by the time the firemen managed to control the fire, goods worth lakhs of rupees had turned to ashes.
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