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Fire in textile unit in Bhopal

Joint effort:Army personnel and firefighters trying to douse the fire in a textile unit in Bhopal on Sunday.PTIPTI

Joint effort:Army personnel and firefighters trying to douse the fire in a textile unit in Bhopal on Sunday.PTIPTI  

A fire broke out at a textile mill run by the National Textile Corporation (NTC) here early on Sunday, but no injury or casualty was reported, an official said.

Around 2.30 a.m., the fire brigade received a call about the blaze at the unit located in Chandbarh area, Bhopal Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) fire officer Sajid Khan said.

Initially, two fire tenders were sent. However, as the blaze gradually spread in the premises, more fire tenders from the city and nearby towns of Mandideep and Sehore were rushed to the site, he added.

“Fire tenders of the Army and the police were also pressed into service. It took about seven hours for around 40 fire tenders to control the flames, but by then the entire unit was gutted,” Mr. Khan said. He said there were inadequate arrangements for fire control in the mill campus.

NTC General Manager Ajay Kumar Dixit said the fire broke out in one of two units and the staff were working there. “The gutted premises is one of two units of the mill. The second unit and godown in the campus are safe. Loss of property is being estimated.”

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