KANPUR: A major fire broke out in a chemical warehouse in Panki’s Ispatnagar area, on Friday.
Panic prevailed in the area and the situation became quite frightening when chemical drums dumped inside the warehouse exploded one after the other.
During this, fire also engulfed a tanker containing chemicals parked inside the warehouse premises.
On being informed, several fire tenders were pressed into service. After a massive exercise, the firemen managed to bring the fire under control. Fire personnel informed that the fire is suspected to have originated following a short circuit in the electric panel installed in the store room of the warehouse. On coming across thick smoke and leaping flames at the warehouse, the local immediately informed the police and fire department about the incident.
Subsequently, fire personnel reached the spot and broke open the locks of the gate and managed to control the fire with the help of eight vehicles. It took about four hours to bring the fire under control. Inspector Panki Ajan Kumar Singh said that during preliminary findings, it came to fore that the fire broke out due to a short circuit in the electric panel in the store room of the godown. “Investigations are underway to ascertain the actual cause and loss,” he said, adding, “Had the gas tanker exploded, there could have been a horrific accident.”