Goods worth crores were damaged in a major fire at a shoe factory in outer Delhi’s Narela area in the early hours of Friday. No one was injured in the incident, said officials of the Delhi Fire Service (DFS).
The fire broke out at 4.30 am in the factory, a three-storey building, in Narela industrial area. Local residents saw the fire and raised an alarm. Workers of the factory, who were sleeping on the ground floor, heard the noise and rushed out of the building.
The fire started on the third floor of the building and was triggered by a blast, said a DFS official. The blaze soon spread across the whole building.
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At least 40 persons, including factory workers, were in the building at the time of the incident but managed to escape unhurt, said a DFS official.
As many as 30 fire engines were rushed to the area and it took them over four hours to bring the fire under control. The presence of the fire engines caused a major traffic jam at Azadpur Mandi.
According to police, certain chemicals were stored on the third floor of the building but the fire seemed to have been caused by a short circuit. Police are investigating the matter.