Toll in textile unit fire reaches 7

Over 50 firemen took six hours to douse the flames; closure notice issued to firm

Ahmedabad: Seven persons were reportedly killed on Saturday night in a major fire in the godown attached to a textile factory located at Narol-Pirana road. It took more than 50 firemen of the Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Services (AFES) six hours to douse the blaze at Chiripal Group’s Nandan Denim Ltd.

The Director of Industrial Safety and Health has issued a closure notice to the firm in the wake of the fire and a criminal complaint has been filed against the managing director of the factory, Jyoti Chiripal and seven others under culpable homicide IPC sections 304 and 114: culpable homicide and abetment to an offence.

Vatva and Narol police officers reached the spot. Deepak Chiripal, Sinha and Sharma have been arrested.

According to an eye witness, all workers in the factory were asked to vacate the premises as soon as the fire started.

Chief fire officer MF Dastoor said his team is yet to ascertain the cause of the blaze but since the fire broke out at a textile factory, it may have spread quickly. “It took around six hours to douse the fire. Sadly, seven people died in it. Our team is deployed in the godown to recover the seventh dead body,” he said.

Even though the factory owners claimed that nobody was on the premises at the time of the fire, AFES officials found all seven bodies from the godown.

He added, “When our team reached the incident spot, we were told that no one is in the factory. Only after the fumes stopped, teams went in for investigation and found the charred bodies.”