Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
A massive 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. Around 2.30 am, the fire brigade received a call about the blaze at the textile unit located in Chandbarh area.
The loss in the fire is estimated to be over Rs 130 crore. It has been reported that short circuit led to the fire incident.
Initially, two fire tenders were sent to the textile mill. However, as the blaze gradually spread in the premises, more fire tenders from the city and nearby towns of Vidisha, Mandideep and Sehore were rushed to the site.
Fire tenders of the army and the police were also pressed into service. It took about seven hours for around 60 fire tenders to control the flames, but by then the entire unit was gutted. More than 100 jawans of the Army also toiled to control the blaze.
There were inadequate arrangements for fire control in the mill campus.NTC’s general manager Ajay Kumar Dixit said the fire broke out in one of two units and the staff was working there.
“The gutted premises is one of two units of the textile mill. The second unit and godown in the campus are safe. Loss of property in the blaze is being estimated,” he said. The only usable yarn was in the unit which was gutted, Dixit said, adding the exact cause of the fire would be known after an inquiry.