Firefighter hurt while battling Mathura blaze

December 18th, 2010 - 12:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Dec 18 (IANS) A major fire broke out Saturday in a wood seasoning plant in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, destroying goods and machinery worth over Rs.2 crore, police said. A fire-fighting official was injured.The fire engulfed the Ram Wood Factory in Koshi area and eight fire tenders were pressed into service.

“It was a massive fire. The situation is now under control. Timely intervention by fire-fighting officials prevented the fire from spreading to nearby industrial establishments,” police inspector Arun Kumar told reporters in Mathura, some 350 km from here.

“Only a few employees and guards were present inside the plant at the time of the incident. They were rescued safely by the police and firefighting officials. During the rescue, an iron sheet fell on a fire official, who suffered multiple burns. He is being treated at the district hospital,” he said.

According to officials, apart from drying the wood (seasoning), wooden products were also being manufactured at the plant.

“We are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind the fire. An electric short-circuit could be a possible reason that caused it,” said Kumar.

Hari Sharan, owner of the wood seasoning plant, said: “There is a loss of over Rs.2 crore worth of goods and machinery.”

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