Fire breaks out at Metrowater plant premises

Panic ensued after a fire broke out at the Chennai Metrowater Sewage Treatment Plant in Koyambedu on Monday.

According to the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services (TNFRS) officials, they received a call about the fire around 2 p.m. “The dry grass, in a portion of the 84-acre land, caught fire and it spread rapidly. Seeing the smoke, passersby alerted the fire control room and 11 fire tenders were pressed into service,” a TNFRS officer said.

Based on instructions from T.N. Hariharan, managing director, Chennai Metrowater, the engineers in the plant used JCBs to create a pathway for the fire tenders to drive in easily. “A total of 15 Metrowater lorries supplied water to the fire tenders. The situation was finally brought under control by 5.30 p.m.,” a Metrowater official said.

“The thick smoke triggered panic among local residents. Our eyes were burning due to the smoke,” said V. Ilangovan, station fire officer, J.J. Nagar.

‘Common in summer’

Fire officers said that such incidents were common during summer. “Even last year a similar incident happened. The waste water in the ground prevented the fire from spreading,” he added. People circulated videos of the incident on social media and messaging platforms. The police are investigating the fire’s exact cause.

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