Fire At The National Chemical Laboratory Heavy Damage Reported, None Injured


The National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) in Pune’s Pashan area went ablaze on Monday evening. Sources have mentioned that the fire actually went ablaze from the methanol lab. The deadly event happened around 8 PM at night on Monday. According to sources, the fire has seriously damaged the first and the ground floor. Apart from all these, one good thing that has been noted is the fact that no casualties were hurt in the accident. Talking about the same, Dr. Prakash Wadgaonkar, who is the Chairman of The Safety Wing said that as the premises of the laboratory were under renovation, experiments were not being carried out. This was a major help, as there were no scientists or students near the plant while the mishap happened.

NCL Damaged Badly By Massive Fire

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Dr. Wadgaonkar also informed that a special committee is also formed that will look out for the reason behind the fire. Also, the cause of the wildfire in the laboratory that broke out on Monday is yet to be determined.

The massiveness of the fire can be understood from the fact that as many as 10 fire tenders were taken to the National Chemical Laboratory Fire mishap location and more than 50 jawans took part in the drill to get the fire under control. The force had reached the spot within 15 minutes from the onset of the fire in the building and it took them almost an hour to bring the fire completely under control.

The campus of the laboratory is around 10,000 sq.ft. in area and has various types of equipment like the houses reactors and allied equipment.

However, a wildfire is nothing new in the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL). Last year, in the month of May, there was a similar fire outbreak in the laboratory and the reason behind the same was noted as short circuit. Even still, there is one thing common in both the two cases, that is, with the perfect attitude and awareness of the firefighters, the fire was brought under control at the fastest rate.

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