Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Fire breaks out at ISRO

A massive fire broke out at the Space Application Centre (SAC) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday. It took more than 100 firemen five hours to douse the fire, the cause of which is still being investigated.

Officials of the Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Services (AFES said the operation involved 25 firefighting vehicles, water bowsers, fire tenders and blowers and about 100 personnel from seven fire stations across the city – Navrangpura, Bodakdev, Thaltej, Danapith, Panchkuva, Shahpur and Maninagar.

In a press note, SAC said the fire was brought under control within 1.5 hours and that two CISF personnel and two firemen were treated for breathlessness at a nearby hospital.

Asenior official of SAC said, “It is too dark to gauge damage at the moment and the cause of it. Primarily it doesn’t look like there was any major damage to project components.”

Speaking on when the fire started, the official said, “Smoke was noticed to be billowing from the building during lunch hours. Researchers had left the building at the time of fire and were on their way to lunch.”

Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar and Collector Vikrant Pandey were present at the spot. Pandey said, “Equipment related to antennae testing, a simulator and other materials of the testing lab including the lining of the wall which was covered with foam have been burnt. However, there was no casualty in the fire.”

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