Kochi engulfed in smoke as Brahmapuram fire continues to burn

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Labourer trying to shift objects as fire spreads in Brahmapuram plant | Photo: Mathrubhumi / VK Aji

Kochi: A massive fire that broke out at Kochi-based Brahmapuram waste treatment plant on Thursday continues to burn despite efforts by the city's Fire and Rescue Services to douse the blaze.

As per reports, a 10-km area surrounding the plant and several other parts of the city are entirely covered in smoke. Around 10 fire brigade units are attempting to douse the fire and the Navy has reportedly volunteered to assist the units if necessary.

The fire went out of control by 3.45 pm on Friday and spread to huge piles of garbage in the plant. A total of 20 pumping units from various locations of the district were rushed to the spot. However, the fire spread further and set ablaze the corporation’s septage treatment plant too.

As per reports, the smoke erupting from the fire has engulfed the city, including areas of Brahmapuram, Karimugal, Pinarmunda, Ambalamugal, Peringala, Irumpanam and Kakkanad. The bio mining space of the plant also got entirely gutted in the fire.

Meanwhile, around hundreds of labourers in the plant have been relocated to safe spots. The elderly and children in the area are suffering from breathlessness, complained locals.

On the basis of the Mayor’s request, a Navy helicopter carried out surveillance in the area. After talks with the collector, the Mayor met Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy.

A squad of the Indian Navy has reportedly been dispatched to the area.

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