A massive fire broke out in a rubber godown at around 5 pm on May 29 in South Delhi’s Malviya Nagar area. No casualty was reported during the incident, an official claimed.
According to a Police official, a truck loaded with rubber material parked near the godown caught fire. Plastic and other raw material stored in the factory fuelled the fire.
Fire officials said this fire was of the highest magnitude so far in this season. They further added that the fire also partially engulfed a school building and a gymnasium. The Air Force has joined the efforts accompanied by Delhi Police personnel, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) staff and firefighters. At least 35 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to slow down the blaze. Thirteen buildings in the vicinity, including the school and a gym, have been evacuated for safety.
“Fire might caused a portion of the school building to collapse,” fire chief GC Mishra said.
The area is residential and the fire could have easily engulfed houses. The godowns next to school buildings are illegal. The situation could have been worse,” a resident said.
The local AAP councilor had complained to south Delhi municipal officials, but no action was taken said AAP legislator Saurabh Bhardwaj.
Aam Aadmi Party legislator Somnath Bharti also visited the spot. “The incident brings to fore his pending demand of a fire station nearby. On whether the godown was being illegally run,” Bharti said it is a matter of investigation.