April 14, 2009 4:31:27 am
A major tragedy was averted at the Sutlej Club last night when a fire broke out in the waste material in the vicinity of a place where over a dozen commercial gas cylinders were kept. The fire erupted minutes after the star-flooded Baisakhi programme Glitz and Glamour,which saw participation of Bollywood actress Preeti Jhangiani and item girl Sanober Kabir,concluded.
While the cause of the fire could not be ascertained,the dry leaves and the some discarded wooden material caught fire and flames went as high as 4 to 8 feet. Some employees also suspect the involvement of some mischievous elements.
The fire broke out around 12 am minutes after Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg and various prominent personalities of the city including SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill among others left the dinning hall in immediate vicinity of the spot of the fire.
Timely action and presence of mind shown by the kitchen staff of the club prevented the fire from spreading to the nearby areas where over a dozen commercial gas cylinders were kept. The catering staff members including Darshan Kumar and Rajan said that the fire became fierce suddenly and the members immediately removed the cylinders from the area.
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The moment I heard that fire had broken out near the kitchen,I rushed to the spot with the fire extinguisher and doused the flames, Kishan Thakur,catering in charge of the club said. The fire was doused within 10 minutes and well before the fire brigade reached the spot,he said.
Vice-President of the club Rajesh Bhambi has announced reward for the alert kitchen and catering staff members who showed presence of mind which helped in averting a major mishap.
A galaxy of stars from the glamour world entertained the audience at Sutlej Club during Glitz and Glamour,a programme held the club to mark the celebrations of Baisakhi on its eve.
While Bollywood actress Preeti Jhangiani performed on a medley of songs on the occasion,Sanober Kabir enthralled the audience with her electric performances and also danced along with the kids on the stage. A dance troupe from Brazil also performed at the function. Other star performers of the event included Jai Walia of Aryans band and singer Kavita Soni who sang her famous numbers like Maaiya Maaiya among others. The function was attended by over 1500-strong audience and the prominent among them were DC Vikas Garg,who is ex-offico president of the club and SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill.
Goods worth Rs 2 cr gutted
Ludhiana: A major fire broke out at a hosiery unit situated on the Noorwallan road in the wee hours of Monday and destroyed goods worth Rs 2 crore. The cause of the blaze is yet to be ascertained but it took firemen nearly four hours to douse the flames.
The unit,Rasham Hosiery owned by Manmohan Jain,manufactures T-shirts and the fire broke put on the third floor of the unit. No causality was reported from the site of fire for it being late night no worker was inside the premises. The impact of the fire was so strong that nearby buildings have developed cracks due to heat.
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