Three factories and a cold-storage were damaged after fire broke out at two separate places in West Bengal on Thursday, police said.
Fire broke out at a plastic goods manufacturing unit at Kalyani industrial area early on Thursday morning.
The fire spread rapidly at two other adjacent factories. However, no one was injured in the incident. Local residents first saw smoke coming out of the factory and informed the fire fighters. Some of them had also tried to extinguish the fire, but they couldn’t stop it from spreading to the adjacent factories.
Police had cordoned off the area and fire-fighters worked for few hours to douse the flame.
Employees of the factories, who stay nearby, rushed to the spot and helped the work to douse the flame. Several people from the locality used to work in those factories.
Machineries in the factories were badly damaged in the fire. According to police, the incident led to a loss of few crores.
In another incident, a fire broke out at a cold storage in Bankura on Wednesday night. After getting information, the fire-fighters reached the spot and they took more than 20 hours to extinguish the fire. The exact reason behind the incident is yet to be ascertained, but the fire- fighters suspected that the incident occurred due to short-circuit.
Some villagers first noticed the fire at Gangajalghati Cold Storage and they informed the workers, who were on the ground floor of the cold storage.
The workers rushed out and informed the matter to police. Four fire tenders rushed to the spot and they took more than 20 hours to bring the situation under control.