BHOPAL : A paint factory located in the Govindpura Industrial Estate caught fire on Tuesday. Around 30 firefighters, including those from police, CISF and Municipal Corporation took more than four hours to douse the fire. The massive fire spread panic among the workers of two automobiles showrooms located near the factory gate. The smoke rising from the factory could be seen from a distance of 5 km.

According to BMC fire officer Iftekar Ali, they got information about the fire at 1.45 pm and immediately reached the factory located in the ‘A’ sector of the Industrial Area, Area beside the JK Road.

They discovered that the thinner stocked in the “Anand Organic Chemicals Factory” of Sudesh Chawla had caught fire.

They immediately called the CISF firefighter which reached there and spread foam to control the fire. BMC used firefighters from Govindpura, Chhola road, Bogda Pul, Kolar, and Fatehpur fire stations in the operation, which continued till 5.30 in the evening.

Around 100 of BMC, Police and CISF personnel were involved to control the fire.

According to Ashoka Garden police, the cause of fire is unknown but it is presumed that a short-circuit might have started it. The smoke from the fire was visible as far as Anand Nagar, Kokta, Bhanpur over-bridge and Karond areas.

The labourers working in the Industrial area assembled near the JK road to witness the operation. Cops had a tough time making way for firefighters.

An industrialist who has a factory in the area told Free Press that the factory was under the possession of a bank and was locked for the past several months.

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