Fire breaks out at dumping yard in Maharashtra


Kalyan: A massive fire broke out on Tuesday at the Aadhar Wadi dumping yard in Kalyan. The officials said that the fire occurred around 5pm and soon spread to the entire dumping yard. More than 2,000 people were moved to safer places as smoke and smog filled the area. The dumping yard is of Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation.

The blaze started around 3:30 pm on Tuesday, and it took seven hours to control the fire on the four-acre dumping ground near Durgadi Bridge. More than 14 fire engines and 12 water tankers were pressed into service on the first day.

Chief of Regional Disaster Management Cell of Thane Region Santosh Kadam said at least 12 fire tenders, including some from neighbouring towns of Thane, Bhiwandi, Ambarnath and Ulhasnagar, were pressed into service and efforts were on to douse the fire.

Officials said methane generated from the dumped waste could be the cause of the fire. A similar fire had broken out at the dumping ground in February, when residents had complained of breathlessness due to the smoke.