The preliminary investigation into the massive fire that broke out in a plastic factory at Manvila in Thiruvananthapuram has found that excess storage of raw materials was what could have fuelled the fire.
According to a report by the Times of India (TOI), the Pollution Control Board (PCB) authorities, after inspecting the spot on Thursday, had said that the manufacturer had stored excess raw materials in the production area.
As per the report, K Sanjeevan, the chairman of PCB said that the raw materials must not be stored in the same place in which the production takes place. In this case, both the raw materials and the finished products were stored in the same building as that of the production unit.
Along with the PCB, special teams formed by the fire force and the police are also investigating the accident, which took place around 7 pm on Wednesday.
The fire and rescue service officials, from their preliminary investigations also blamed the factory owners for the accident. Investigators have found that the factory was lacking in basic fire fighting system. They also suspect that the plant was functioning with a No-Objection certificate.
A massive broke out at the Family Plastics godown and production unit located in Manvila Industrial Area Kazhakootam, Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday evening. Speaking to TNM, Tony Joel, Secretary of Family Plastics said that the godown caught fire first, and spread quickly to the production unit on the first floor. Due to billowing winds and the highly flammable nature of plastic, another godown nearby, also belonging to Family Plastic, caught fire as well. Two residents of the locality were hospitalised due to suffocation caused by the acrid smoke.