• Fire breaks out at jute mill in West Bengal's Howrah district
    Times of India | 20 November 2023
  • Fire Breaks Out at Jute Mill in West Bengal's Howrah District

    A fire broke out at a jute mill in West Bengal's Howrah district on Monday morning, according to officials. The incident occurred on Foreshore Road and was first noticed around 4.50 am. Two fire tenders were immediately deployed to extinguish the flames.

    Fortunately, there have been no reported casualtiesor individuals trapped inside the mill.The fire brigade officials have confirmed that the blaze has been successfully brought under control. Security personnel from the jute mill, as well as local residents participating in a Chhath festival procession, spotted the fire and promptly informed the Shibpur Police Station.

    Raghvendra Gupta, the promoter of the Vijai Shri Jute Mill where the fire broke out, stated that approximately 20-30 tonnes of raw jute were damaged. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire. Gupta, who also serves as the chairman of the Indian Jute Mills Association, mentioned that they are exploring whether the fire was a result of a short circuit or if it was triggered by firecrackers.

    The jute mill, which employs around 1,500 workers, has a manufacturing capacity of 65 tonnes. Efforts are being made by the management to assess the extent of the damage caused by the fire.
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