MUMBAI: A major fire suddenly erupted in a tyre company at Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg between Bhandup and Nahur station on Sunday, injuring one person and two firemen in the process. The two firemen were injured by the water jets, but no casualties were reported.
The fire broke at Ceat tyre company at 5.40pm prompting 16 fire tenders, 12 water tankers and one ambulance to reach the spot immediately. The one person injured in the fire was given first aid at Agarwal hospital in Mulund.
“The warehouse though functional was shut on Sunday and had a watchman on duty. There were chemicals and tyres present in the warehouse. We have yet to ascertain if anybody is trapped inside. We will take over four hours to douse the fire. It will take whole night for the cooling operations,” said the chief fire officer AN Verma.
CR spokesman AK Singh said that the huge flames spread to the nearby Nahur station, especially near the tracks (No. 1). “While we did not stop the train services, we diverted trains from the slow to the fast tracks from 6pm,” he said.
Trains services were, however, hit as the frequency of both Up and Down trains were affected, sources said. The services were running behind schedule. In fact, there was a megablock in the afternoon due to which several passengers were inconvenienced already.
“Due to the fire, the services were hit again and there were delays,” a commuter complained.
Passengers at Nahur station also panicked when they saw a huge blaze from the station. Many commuters left the platform and took autos to go to the next station (Bhandup or Mulund). Eyewitnesses said they saw the flames rising up to 50m in height.
Passengers said that no trains were available on the slow tracks at Kanjur Marg, Bhandup and Nahur stations. The tracks No. 1 and 2 (slow) were shut down between Vikhroli and Mulund since 6pm and the services continued to be affected till Sunday night.
“The entire area was covered with smoke and most of us found it difficult getting out of Nahur station as there is a narrow stretch of road leading to the auto stand, and the stretch is parallel to the Ceat tyre factory,” a commuter said.
The entire station was evacuated within minutes.