Fire breaks out in an Ispatnagar chemical warehouse, Kanpur

Panic erupted as chemical drums tossed inside warehouse exploded one after the other . Tanker carrying chemicals parked inside the warehouse premises also engulfed by fire .

KANPUR (English): On Friday, a large fire broke out in a chemical warehouse in Pankis Ispatnagar neighborhood.Panic erupted in the area, and the situation became very scary as chemical drums tossed inside the warehouse exploded one after the other.A tanker carrying chemicals parked inside the warehouse premises was also engulfed by fire.As soon as people learned about the project, several fire tenders were put into service.

Firefighters were notified that the fire was triggered by a short circuit in the electrical panel located in the warehouse's store room.Locals immediately alerted police and fire departments about the situation after they saw thick smoke and leaping flames at the warehouse.Firefighters rushed to the spot, cracked open the gate locks, and even managed to escape with the help of eight vehicles.The fire was reportedly out in about four hours.

He said that investigations are ongoing to determine the exact cause and damage of the accident, adding that, if the gas tanker had exploded, it could have been a horrific accident.