Major fire at oil extraction company in Kinfra Park extinguished after 7am – The New Indian Express

Through Express press service

KOCHI: It took more than seven hours for fire and rescue service personnel to extinguish the fire which broke out at a spice oil extraction business in Kinfra Park, Kalamassery on Wednesday. Things weren’t easy for more than 150 firefighters who worked tirelessly for hours to extinguish the blaze that engulfed Green Leaf Extractions Private Ltd and prevent it from spreading to two other adjacent businesses in the park.

Around 40 firefighters have been transferred to Government Medical College, Kalamassery for medical assistance after suffering minor secondary burns from the heat generated as a result of the raging fire and also malaise after inhaling the infused smoke of chemicals.

Although the exact cause of the fire is still unknown, officials suspect that a short circuit in a company laboratory may have caused the fire. The fire was first spotted around 6 a.m. by three company staff who were on duty. A colossal loss was estimated in the fire that destroyed a factory of machinery, equipment and furniture in a three-storey building, in addition to a stock of five tons of products.

“Although the staff tried to extinguish the flame, they were unsuccessful. They called for help. We arrived on site at 6:30 a.m. and 34 firefighters from Thrissur, Ernakulam and Alappuzha were on duty. The plant’s stock of oil extract was highly flammable and made the fire worse. We could only use foam to extinguish the flame,” said Jogy JS, district fire and rescue services officer.

“An investigation will be conducted to find out the reason for the fire and a report will be submitted to the administration,” he said. A truck and a car parked on the premises of the company were also gutted. Jogy said the smoke was heavy and thick, making it difficult for firefighters to operate.

“Some drums of chemicals stored inside the plant exploded in the fire and the heat was intense. It was not possible to enter the plant. Many firefighters suffered minor burns from the intense heat and shortness of breath from the pungent smell of oils that caught fire,” he said.

Hospital authorities said the condition of the injured was not serious and they would be discharged on Thursday. Deepu V Nair, one of the directors of the company, said they had to assess the loss. “Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. We have not yet determined the reason for the fire,” he added.

Kinfra Park needs an in-house firefighting unit

Wednesday’s fire at the Oil Extraction Unit is the second fire incident at Kinfra Park in the last four years. Fire and rescue officials believe it is high time a state-of-the-art firefighting unit was installed in the park to deal with fire emergencies.

In September 2017, a paint manufacturing unit in the park was emptied although there were no casualties. Officials said there had been a steady increase in the number of industries handling highly flammable materials in the park and that it should have a strong firefighting mechanism compared to a sprinkler system. normal water that we see in theaters, shopping complexes and buildings.

“Industrial parks require large fire-fighting systems with a regular round-the-clock water supply. There should be fire hydrants at specific locations,” said District Fire Officer Jogy J S. Department of Industries officials said they would raise the issue with superiors, as many companies that handle flammable chemicals used in paint work in the park.

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