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Fire breaks out at factory in Pune’s Akurdi, 400 students evacuated from school nearby

Members of the fire brigade struggled to contain the fire due to presence of inflammatory substances in the incense stick manufacturing facility.

The fire from the factory spread to a neighbouring bakery and a tea powder storage facility.(Express photo)

An agarbatti (incense stick) manufacturing factory in Pandharkar Nagar, Akurdi in Pune caught fire on Tuesday, officials with PCMC Fire Brigade said.  About 400 students and staff members from Beena English Medium School were vacated as a precautionary measure.

Members of the fire brigade struggled to contain the fire due to presence of inflammatory substances in the incense stick manufacturing facility.

00 students and staff members from Beena English Medium School have been vacated as a precautionary measure. (Express photo by Rajesh Stephan)

The fire from the factory spread to a neighbouring bakery and a tea powder storage facility.

“We got a call at about 10 am. Before we reached, half the facility was on fire. As the work began, the fire soon engulfed the entire factory and the adjacent bakery,” said Pratap Chavan, Sub-Officer, Pimpri Fire Station.

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PCMC Fire Brigade personnel dousing the fire at an Agarbatti (incense stick) manufacturing factory in Pandharkar Nagar, Akurdi in Pune. (Express photo by Rajesh Stephan)

Chavan said that nine firetenders from Pimpri and Pradhikaran fire stations were deployed to douse the fire which kept reigniting due to inflammatory material and chemicals.

Senior Inspector Vishwajeet Khule, in-charge of Nigdi police station said, “No casualties were reported in the fire. As a precautionary measure, students from an adjacent school were evacuated. We have filed a fire incident report and a probe has been launched into the causes.”

First published on: 06-12-2022 at 13:03 IST
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