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Major fire breaks out at biomass waste power plant

According to reports, a major fire broke out at a biomass waste power plant on Sunday afternoon in Shendra industrial area, destroying items worth lakhs of rupees.

At the times of going to the press, the fire brigade officials were still struggling to douse the fire. According to the officials, tonnes of bagasse (dry pulpy residue left after the extracting sugarcane juice) and biomass waste kept on the plant’s premises caught fire. Fortunately, no casualties have been reported. However, the cause of the blaze and the value of destroyed items are yet to be ascertained.

Altogether 10 ten water tankers, including four of the civic body and three of MIDC, and a couple of fire tenders have been deployed since afternoon. The officials said they will be able to completely douse the fire only by Monday morning. Sources said the agro-based biomass and fuel kept there are keeping the flames alive.

R K Sure, deputy fire brigade officer, told TOI, “Around 1pm, the fire brigade control room received a call from an official of Shendra Green Energy saying that a fire broke out at the plant. Soon, fire tenders from all the units were pressed into service. However, looking at the current scenario, we hope to douse the blaze only by Monday morning.”

Officials said their priority is to keep a check on fire spreading to other industries.

A distillery industry located nearby also has huge amount of molasses stored on its premises.

Sure said no casualties have been reported, as the place was vacated soon after the fire alarm was raised. After the teams deputed at the spot failed to control the blaze, chief fire officer in the civic body Shivaji Zanzan rushed to the spot to take charge of the situation.

Fire brigade officials said the amount of water was proving insufficient due to which private water tankers and the ones owned by the MIDC have been deployed at the site.

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