The strong smell of burnt milk was in the air as a fire raged in the backyard of Aavin’s Sholinganallur dairy on Sunday morning
The strong smell of burnt milk was in the air as a fire raged in the backyard of Aavin’s Sholinganallur dairy on Sunday morning. Hundreds of damaged milk packets, dry coconut fronds and cardboard boxes were recued to ashes.
A few trees were also charred in the fire that was noticed at around 11 a.m. Two fire tenders and several water tankers were pressed into service. Fire and Rescue Services personnel from Sirucheri and Thiruvanmiyur put out the fire by around 4 p.m.
The dairy’s backyard was littered with thousands of empty used milk packets, old plastic bottles and cardboard boxes. An earth mover was used to push plastic waste to one side to prevent it from being consumed in the fire.
Though the fire was in the south-west corner of the compound, motorists on the Rajiv Gandhi Salai were able to see thick smoke rising from the spot for more than four hours.
Sources in Tamilnadu Co-operative Milk Producers’ Federation Ltd, popularly known as Aavin, said the fire happened in dry bushes. There was no loss to the federation due to the fire, they added. Immediate action was taken to put out the fire and prevent it from spreading to any installations. No new material was damaged in the fire.
Minister for Dairy Development V. Murthi, Aavin Managing Director M.R.Mohan, and Joint Managing Director N. Subbaiyan visited the spot.
Meanwhile, on Saturday there was a similar fire at Aavin’s Ambattur dairy.
The fire ranged from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Keywords: Aavin diary farm fire