A fire broke out at a pharma company in the Jeedimetla Industrial Area, a suburb of Hyderabad, on Wednesday, July 28, leaving two injured. The fire started after an explosion at Nasense Lab Pvt Ltd. Initial reports suggest that it broke out due to an explosion of a chemical reactor.
The Fire Department rushed four fire engines, from surrounding areas, to the pharma firm and took measures to douse the fire quickly as it posed a risk to seven more chemical reactors on the premises. Sudhakar, Additional District Fire Officer for Ranaga Reddy said, there were no other casualties and no deaths as all other workers evacuated the premises. ‚ÄúThe incident was reported after 10 am and we rushed to the spot with four fire engineers. We managed to extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire accident will be ascertained after an investigation,‚ÄĚ said the official. The two injured were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Earlier, in July, one woman died and two other women were injured when a fire broke out at a furniture manufacturing unit, named Art Fabrications. The fire broke out on the second floor of the lab where about 60 workers were working. The factory was found not to have any valid permission for operation by the Factories Department. There was no basic safety equipment at the facility either according to authorities.
In April, a plastic drum with chemicals caught fire at Jeedimetla causing an explosion and thick smoke. The Fire Department doused the fire with two fire engines, no casualties were reported. In another instance, reported in the same month, a scrap godown at the industrial area of Mailardevpally caught on fire due to a short circuit. No casualties were reported.
Jeedimetla Industrial Area is a hub for small and medium scale industries apart from large pharma firms and has numerous godowns for storing chemicals.