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Fire breaks out in shoe factory

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

A major fire broke out in a shoe factory in outer Delhi’s Mangolpuri area on Monday morning. The operation took more than nine hours to douse the fire. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Delhi Fire Service Chief Atul Garg said: “After the call was made, 25 fire tenders were pressed into service in several rounds through the day. The fire was finally doused around 7:30pm.” He added that the cooling off operation took a couple of more hours.

The double-story factory with a basement used to manufacture plastic shoes and slippers which the fire officials suspect aggravated the blaze. “The blaze had reached other factories in the area as well but the situation was brought under control and it didn’t affect other buildings. There are also godowns where chemicals are kept,” said a fire official.

The police said that they are yet to ascertain the cause of fire. “No injuries were reported in the incident. As soon as the fire broke out, all the workers ran out,” said the police officer.

Another fire was reported at Nehru Place Metro Station at around 12:30 pm where one fire tender was rushed to the spot and the fire was doused within an hour. “The cause of fire was short circuit in an electric panel,” said a police officer adding that no injuries were reported in the incident.