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Fire destroys goods worth millions in Gwalior

Gwalior, Mon, 18 May 2009 ANI

Gwalior, May 18 (ANI): Goods worth millions of rupees were destroyed as massive fire burnt down a godown of power transformers, on the outskirts of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh.


In the middle of the night, the godown caught fire and the blazes became quite fierce.


According to the fire brigade officials, the inferno spread due to lack of safety and preventive setups in the godown.


As the fire spreads, students from the nearby hostel of the Maharana Pratap College of Technology became panicky and vacated their hostel rooms along with their belongings.


They blamed the fire officials for being late in reaching the spot.


However, the officials of the fire brigade denied the accusations.


"The accusation on us regarding our late arrival is absolutely incorrect. Our fire brigade arrived and then unlocked the doors towards the godown. No one from the power transmission department informed us. They didn't even have any safety arrangements. They have such a huge godown; security arrangements should have been there. When we arrived, we woke up the watchman and then opened the doors to control the fire," said Devendra Sharma, officer of the Gwalior fire brigade.


Scores of fire tenders from the Air Force base at Maharajpur, the Border Security Force, and Municipal Corporation were rushed to the spot to control the fire.


Once the fire is completely extinguished, further investigations into the incident will ascertain the exact cause and overall losses and other damages. (ANI)


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