Indore : A major fire engulfed the Trenching Ground on Monday creating panic among residents of surrounding localities. The flames could not be controlled till late in the night.

The blaze began at 1.30 pm, when a heap of RDF (refused derived fuel) caught fire. The employees of A2Z Company tried to douse the flames by spraying two tanks of water.

Scorching heat from the heat carried by fast winds, aggravated the problem. Fire tenders were pressed into action in fire fighting operation. Even after spraying over 15 tanks of water, the flames could not be contained.

Fire brigade head constable Charan Singh told Free Press- the fire is so devastating and spread in the entire trenching ground, which will take time to control. Vikas Jha, manager with A 2 Z Company claimed that he had monitored the situation, but thick black smoke and dark are hampering the fire fighting operation.

The fire was started from a heap of RDF (refused derived fuel), which includes plastic waste, polythene bags and other items supporting combustion, he added.

The fumes emanating from the RDF caused respiratory problems among people residing in nearby localities. IMC Commissioner Rakesh Singh told Free Press- health officer KC Garg also visited the site to take stock of the situation in the day and the authorities are trying to control the fire at the earliest.

A large number of residents of townships developed at the Bypass watched the flames from the rooftops of the multistoried buildings.

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