The Hush Post: A major fire that broke out in Malviya Nagar locality of South Delhi on Tuesday evening was so massive that along with over 65 fire tenders, MI 17 helicopter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) had to be used to douse the inferno that lasted for over 19 hours.
The fire that started around 5 pm on Tuesday, was finally controlled on Wednesday morning. It took over 19 hours’ efforts by the firemen and the administration to control the flames.
A truck bearing a Punjab registration number, which was laden with rubber sheets and parked inside a godown in the Khirki Extension locality, suddenly caught fire on Tuesday around 5 pm. The fire soon spread inside the godown of a private company that provides rubber raw material for re-threading of vehicle tyres, a report said.
Besides police and fire department, teams from Department of Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Indian Air Force (IAF) and Civil Defence were roped in the relief and rescue operations. The helicopter buckets of IAF made three sorties to douse the inferno. Five fire tenders with dry chemical powder (DCP) foam were also engaged in the operation, the report said.
The Administration evacuated nearby buildings of Sant Nirankari School, a gym, and 13 other buildings near the godown for safety reasons, Romil Baaniya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), told media.
Medical teams at Max Saket, Rainbow Child Speciality Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital, and AIIMS were alerted to attend to any injured, the DCP said. Luckily, no report of loss of human life or injury was reported.
The fire continued in godown’s eastern corner despite night-long operation on Wednesday morning. Fire department officials claimed the fire was controlled only after the raw materials burnt completely, the report said.
The Malviya Nagar police have registered an FIR under sections 285 and 336 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Wednesday that around midnight a request was received at HQ Western Air Command for containing a fire at Malviya Nagar in Delhi. An MLH class helicopter airborne from Sarsawadid a recce and landed at Palam. Thereafter helicopter got airborne with Bambi Bucket to contain the fire.
The helicopter filled water from Yamuna reservoir and dropped over the site. This had to be repeated thrice to contain the fire. This was the first time the Bambi ops was done in an urban situation wherein the nitty-gritty of drop are very precise owing to high rises around and chances of collateral damage. The operations started this morning wherein helicopter flown by Wing Commander Pradeep Bhola of the Mighty Armours was successful in dousing the fire.
A total of approximately 8000 litres of water was dropped in this incident.