Thirty firemen battled for 15 hours and employed as many as 100 water tankers to douse a fire that broke out in a timber depot at Bandlaguda in the early hours of Saturday.

Property worth lakhs of rupees was damaged in the fire that erupted in the Vanraj Wood Products Depot around 4.30 a.m. No one was injured.

Storage of highly combustible wooden material coupled with morning wind made it difficult for fire-fighters to control flames.

“We faced several problems in extinguishing the flames as a bulk of plywood and other wood products were stored in the depot,” Moulali Fire Officer, S. Suresh Reddy, said.

“We initially started operation with three fire tenders that came from Moula Ali, Malkajgiri and Hayathnagar. But when we failed to put out the flames, we requisitioned for water tankers from the Water Board,” he explained. He said five families staying in the building adjacent to the timber depot were evacuated.

He cited electrical short circuit as the main reason for the fire. Traffic movement was also disrupted on the main road connecting Bandlaguda and surrounding areas.

In a separate incident, fire broke out in a plastic recycling plant at Mailardevpally on Saturday morning.