Just weeks after a fire broke out in a Perungudi waste yard, the Kodungaiyur waste yard in North Chennai caught fire on Friday. In the relief of local residents, after a large-scale operation involving more than 100 officials, the fire was brought under control in the early hours of Saturday morning.
According to officials, the fire broke out around 11.50 am and firefighters and rescuers rushed to the site after being alerted.
Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Deputy Regional Commissioner (North) Sivaguru Prabhakaran said the fire has spread to about six to seven acres of land in the 250-acre waste yard.
Approximately 25 fire and rescue personnel and 150 company officials participated in controlling the fire. We transferred all the other district officers, assistant engineers and others to this spot and they worked on a shift basis. Five fire service vehicles, two recycling vehicles, six corporate water trucks, 15 dirt trucks, eight JCBs… It was a massive operation deployed. Prabhakaran, who has arrived at the site to assess the situation, said, “We identified the fire earlier and that is why we were able to get it under control soon.
The site was also visited by Chennai Mayor R Priya, Deputy Mayor Mahesh Kumar and other senior officials.
Prabhakaran said that after the Birungodi waste yard fire, they held a meeting with senior officials and the mayor to discuss measures to be taken to avoid a similar incident in the future. Therefore, all manpower and vehicles were in place, and this came in handy while dealing with the Kodungaiyur waste yard fire.
Toxic black fumes are scattered around residential areas near the waste yard. The fumes initially drifted eastward but later in the evening, the fumes began to move towards the west.
The authorities set up a medical camp in Section 38 and said residents could make use of its facilities if they encountered any inconvenience.