Jamshedpur : In a major fire mishap, truck tyres worth over Rs 40 lakh was gutted in a major fire that broke out at a godown located at Ranikudar under Kadma police station area.
Despite seven fire-tenders pressed into service it took hours to control the flames. The fire-brigades of Jharkhand Fire Station in Golmuri and Tata Steel Services, however, succeeded to stop the flame from spreading upstairs.
The tyre godown belonged to Anil Agrawal, who is the agent of a leading tyre brand (Birla Tyres). Officer-in-charge, Kadma police station Rajesh Prakash Sinha was present at the spot.
Sources said four fire-tenders had been pressed into service by the Jharkhand fire station and three tenders were pressed into service by the Tata Steel fire services.
Officer-in-charge, Kadma police station said that the extent of lose in the fire is yet to be ascertained, but it would run into lakhs.
“Anil Agrawal who is the C&F agent for the Birla Tyres here in Jamshedpur will estimate and let us to know about the loss only after the fire is completely doused,” Sinha.
The residents of the building where the fire broke out and buildings adjoining it have been evacuated and power line snapped up in view of the raging fire in the basement and the ongoing fire-fighting.
The smoke was noticed by a local resident who informed the tyre C&F office at about 11.20 am. Then only the fire-brigade was informed.
An officer said in view of painful spectacles of various arson incidents encountered the city in recent months, the buildings and market places mostly public-visiting places in Jamshedpur are still not equipped with necessary fire-safety systems, this posing threat to human lives in general.
Thousands of other buildings in the city have no fire safety systems where massive public movement is seen almost every day. With mercury levels increasing every passing day, the city has registered a sudden rise in fire accidents for last few weeks giving the jitters to the officials and occupants of the high rise buildings.
According to information several high rise buildings in the area like Jugsalai, Sakchi, Mango, Pursuih and Baghbera stills lack fire safety facilities.
Meanwhile fire services department has sounded a general alert asking people to take precautions but lack of proper safety arrangements still remain major concern.
Since the onset of summer, the fire control is receiving nearly a dozen distress calls every day as against the normal average of five to eight calls in rainy and winter seasons.