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Vadodara: Fire tender caught in manhole flames, no casualty

The incident happened on the BPC road in the in the Alkapuri area of Vadodara Tuesday afternoon and the fire tender's door was damaged.

By: Express News Service | Vadodara |
Updated: April 5, 2022 9:29:40 pm
Officials of the fire department said that emissions from sewer pits contain highly inflammable gases such as methane, hydrogen sulfide, ammonia and nitrogen, which can cause explosions in closed drains. (Express Photo)

A fire that broke out in a sewage line in Vadodara city on BPC road in Alkapuri area on Tuesday afternoon damaged a fire tender that arrived at the spot to douse the flames.

The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon, amid rising temperatures in the city. Locals spotted flames coming out of the manhole and informed the Vadiwadi fire station of the Vadodara Fire and Emergency Services (VFES) department.

The fire tender, which was rushed to the spot to douse the flames, however, caught on fire, causing damage to the door on the navigator’s side.

According to JS Gadhvi, Sub Fire Officer of Vadiwadi, “We received a call regarding fumes being spotted on the manhole cover of a drainage line at BPC Road in Alkapuri due to a gas leak… There were signs of similar fumes from the manhole covers along the route. When we started fighting the fire from the first manhole, there was a positive pressure created on the second cover, which also caused a minor blast and damaged our fire tender as it had been caught in the fire. But we were able to extinguish the fire entirely soon.”

Officials of the fire department said that sewer gas contains highly flammable gases such as methane, hydrogen sulphide, ammonia as well as nitrogen, which can cause explosions in closed drains.

No casualty was reported in the incident.

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