There was a major fire in Kleen Pack, a plastic factory off Bannerghatta Road, early morning on January 30th. I was leaving for my morning walk along with my wife at 5 am on the day, when I noticed black smoke rising up in the sky.
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Abandoning our walk, we rushed to the direction of smoke to check what was happening. A lot of plastic/synthetic raw materials were stored in the factory’s premises and these were on fire.The factory manufactures plastic bags and is located along Arekere Bannerghatta road that leads to L&T South City.
By the time we reached, the fire had become major. The only fire engine which had reached the spot by then, could not control it.
I immediately alerted the fire force for additional engines and also informed ambulance service (to be on stand-by mode) and the police.
My wife took charge of directing fire engines from the main road to the spot (vehicles could not locate the spot due to power failure early morning). She also diverted other vehicles that were entering the road. Many call centre vehicles use this road as it connects Bannerghatta road to L & T South city and adjoining localities.
Meanwhile, I, with the help of security personnel of the apartment opposite the factory, tried to prevent tree branches from catching fire. We tried to stop burnt branches from falling on the road and damaging vehicles, until additional fire engines arrived and took control.
Finally with the help of eight fire engines the fire was brought under control at around 7.30 am and was completely doused by 9.30 am.