A major fire broke out at Sanat Nagar Industrial Estate here in wee hours today gutting two industrial units.
Reports said fire emerged from rooftop of one of the units. The two units that were gutted in the fire includes M/S Shawl Steel Industry and Lords Steel Industry.
"Intensity of fire was such that several other units were also about to be engulfed in the blaze," said president Federation of Chambers of Industries Kashmir (FCIK) Mukhtar Yousuf who was present at the industrial estate during this incident.
He said Fire Services department started firefighting operation immediately after the fire was reported, thus averting losses worth crores. "The fire led to losses of several crores but timely action of Fire Services department helped to save many units and avert loses worth crores. This is the oldest industrial estate and we demand that fire hydrants should be added here so that it becomes easier for Fire Services department to locate water in such an exigency," Yousuf said.
He said a fire station that can cater to the industrial estate especially during such incidents should also be put in place. Director Industries and Commerce Nazim Zai Khan also visited the spot and assured all possible help to rehabilitate the gutted industrial units.
Deputy Director Fire and Emergency Services, Srinagar Muhammad Akbar Dar said the three-storeyed building was partly gutted in the incident.
"Fire was stopped from spreading to other units as fire tenders from various locations were rushed to the Sanat Nagar Industrial Estate. "We received a call in the night and it was not easy to detect but we pressed fire tenders from four stations into action. We saved a lot of furniture and semi-processed goods and prevented fire from spreading to a unit which was housing foam sheets," Dar said.
He said a cylinder burst in the affected unit added to the intensity of the fire. He said a fire tender rushed from Rangreth to the spot and helped in damage control to a great extent.