The Times of India report that a major fire broke out at a tire recycling plant on the outskirts of Pratappura village in Savli Taluka of Vadodara last weekend, April 19. According to reports, the unit is closed, therefore there were no casualties as a result of this incident.

Reportedly, the fire that broke out in the morning, around 10:00, and covered the entire unit within several minutes. At the time of the incident, the unit was closed due to lockdown in response to spreading COVID-19.

Police officers from Savli police station were among the first ones who reachedt the burning plant and cooperated with fire department and district administration to bring the situation under control. Local sources said that around seven fire fighting vehicles from Savli municipality, Manjusar GIDC, Halol municipality, Emergency Response Centre (ERC) at Darjipura and a pharma company were pressed into service to control the blaze.

“Due to presence of rubber sheets and old tires, the fire had spread very quickly in the company and a thick cloud of smoke had covered the area. However, after hours of firefighting, we could contain the fire,” said a fire official from ERC. He added that the fire could have been sparked due to short-circuit or extreme heat.

The newspaper mentioned that some 150 people were employed at the plant.

Article by Times of India.