Fire at production unit in Pune; no casualties

PUNE A large fire broke out at a chemical manufacturing plant near the village of Kasurdi, about 10 km from the Pune-Satara road in Bhor taluka district at around 3am.

PUNE A large fire broke out in a chemical manufacturing plant for painting near the village of Kasurdi, about 10 km from the Pune-Satara road in Bhor taluka district at 3.30pm on Saturday.

According to Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) firefighters, the fire broke out in the afternoon at Elaser Soltech Private Limited. However, no injuries were reported, while the cause behind the fire could not be determined.

PMRDA officer Sujit Patil said: “The unit is known for the use of highly flammable chemical materials for making paints. Some stored LPG cylinders also caught fire, leading to rapid fire spreading across the factory.

Six water tankers were deployed to contain the blaze. As many as 21 firefighters from the PMRDA fire department were put into action. It took about an hour to put out the fire, officials said

Chief Fire Officer Devendra Potphode said the fire initially spread rapidly due to the flammable chemicals, but later sophisticated fire control techniques were used to extinguish the flames. An investigation has been ordered and the local police are handling the case.

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