Major fire in Abohar Army ammunition depot, nearby areas might be evacuated

North Gazette News/Chandigarh
A major fire broke out in Abohar Army ammunition depot on Friday morning which couldn’t be brought control till evening and the raging fire might force authorities to evacuate nearby villages if the fire couldn’t be brought under control in time.

As per reports, the fire broke in 24 FD ammunition depot of Indian Army located near Lalgarh area of Abohar district of Punjab at around 10 am after which Fire Department officials were pressed into service to douse the flames.

“Fire tenders from Lalgarh and Sadhuwali Cantonment area were pressed into service to bring the fire under control after which fire tenders from Sriganganagar and Bathinda were also called in to help in rescue operations,” police sources said, adding that no casualties have been reported from the incident of fire in Abohar Army ammunition depot.

“Keeping in the intensity of fire in Abohar Army ammunition depot, the authorities were seeking the help of Bathinda Army cantonment area,” sources said.

Sources added that Army officials have already issued instructions to the locals of the area to remain alert in wake any accident due to fire and they have also alerted district administration to remain alert.

“The villages located near Lalgarh might be evacuated as a precautionary measure if the fire couldn’t be brought under control in time and it spreads to other areas in 24 FD ammunition depot where heavy explosives are stored,” sources added.