A massive fire broke out at a plastic scrap market in Nangloi here on Sunday. No one was injured.

The fire broke out in the early hours in the market, locally known as “PVC Market Mundka”, and rapidly spread across an area of one square kilometre, engulfing heaps of plastic waste material lying around.

“We received a call around 2 a.m. saying that a fire had broken out in the scrap market in Mundka. More than 40 fire tenders were rushed to the spot in view of the seriousness of the matter. It took them over seven hours to bring the fire under control,” said a Delhi Fire Service Department official.

The official said no one was injured in the fire as it took place in an open space and away from the residential area.

On why it took them so much time to control the fire, the official said the material on fire was plastic. “Even after the fire is doused, the plastic smoulders for several hours causing smoke. The process of cooling takes seven to eight hours,” the official said.

Five fire tenders were at the spot till late in the evening.

The police said the cause of fire was not immediately known. Ruling out the possibility of the fire having been started by miscreants, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Sharad Agarwal said: “We have not come across any such thing in the investigation. No such complaint has been received so far. No FIR has been registered.”

The incident came a day after huge export consignments of handicraft products, garments and several other items worth several crores were gutted in a fire at Inland Container Depot in Tughlakabad on Saturday.

Four incidents

Four persons, including a three-year-old girl, had sustained burns and two expensive cars were gutted in four incidents of fire in the Capital on April 2. One of the incidents had taken place at the residence of former Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Janpath.

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