Malappuram paint godown fire: 10 families evacuated over fear of explosion
Malappuram: A major fire broke out at a paint godown at Thuvvakkad in Edavanna, here in the district on Saturday afternoon. Fire and rescue officials have been unable to bring the blaze under control and it is continuing to burn even after three hours.
Two lorries parked inside the premises were gutted in the fire. No casualties were reported. Black smoke is coming out of the godown. Police and fire and rescue service personnel have evacuated 10 families from the area as precaution. The officials have also undertaken measures to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby areas or buildings.
The fire broke out at the two storey building around 3 pm. Explosions were also heard. The godown workers managed to run to safety as soon as the fire started. Initial reports suggest that the fire broke out from one of the lorries inside the godown premises.
Eyewitnesses said that large containers of paint and thinner exploded. Several thousands of liters of paint and thinner are stored inside the godown in underground containers as well. Theses containers have reportedly caught fire and officials fear that they could explode.
People have been asked to stay away from the area for safety reasons. Officials and locals are trying to bring the blaze under control.