Property worth lakhs gutted in timber factory fire

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/12/2019 11:21:37 AM

JAMMU, Jun 11: The property, mainly stocked timber, worth lakhs was gutted in a devastating fire that broke out Tuesday morning in timber factory in Toph Sherkhanian area in Jammu outskirts.
The teams of fire fighters from Indian Air Force and Army were roped in to control the devastating fire, an official of Fire and Emergency Services said. He said that they received a message early morning in control room about the fire incident broke out in timber factory opposite Walmart Best Price in Toph Sherkhanian.
“At least dozen fire tenders from both South and North stations were pressed into service,” he added.
The official said that due to winds, the fire spread quickly, adding, “the fire fighters and fire tenders are on job but the fire is still out of control.”
The fire fighters team from IAF and Army were also pressed into service to control the fire, said a police spokesman and added, “with the help of motors, the water from nearby Ranbir Canal was also pumped and sprinkled at the fire site to douse the flames.”
“The fire engulfed the entire factory,” they said adding that the residential houses adjoining the fire site, were vacated for Swift action besides preventive measure.
There remained a long traffic jam along the Jammu-Poonch highway, near the site of fire in incident, they said and added, “more than 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot while joint teams of fire fighters from IAF, Army, Fire and Emergency Services and SDRF were collectively on job to control the fire.”
There was wood everywhere around the timber unit, the fire spread fast. No human injury has been reported so far but loss of property worth lakhs is apprehended.



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