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Fire Accident in a Godown Near Howrah Bridge in Kolkata

November 10, 2017 Leave a comment

Fire Accident in a Godown Near Howrah Bridge in Kolkata - Blog- NIST

Calamities occurred by fire is never an easy thing to digest. On November 7, 2017 there was a fire accident in Kolkata near Howrah Bridge that disturbed the usual evening of few people and pedestrians around there. This disaster took place around 7 p.m. in the Warehouse at Armenian Ghat off Strand Road. The godown had flammable chemicals and diesels which stirred up the flames to be even more vulnerable and there were few explosions too. It was a challenging situation for firemen to extinguish the fire break out. They have sprinkled water to the point of fire in order to prevent further outbursts. Almost 20 Firemen worked harder for over 4 hours to bring the fire under control.

Fire may engulf anything and anybody leaving no traces of life and the loss cannot be compensated with anything. So it is our prior duty to maintain a safe atmosphere, which avoids such disasters from fire. Thankfully no one was harmed or injured in this fire accident. However it does not incur a life, but has affected costs and properties.
As per the reports, the fireman has stated that there is no fire safety alertness in the godown where the materials were stored. Also a Senior Fire Safety Professional has said that there were many combustible materials stored inside which increased the intensity of fire and its explosions. In viewing this kind of disasters, fire safety audit is mandate for all the companies to ensure a safe working environment.

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Lack of good safety practices, insufficient hazard assessments and failure of fire safety equipment are the main reasons for such accidents to get worsen. A fire management system is a key obligation for all the organizations to control, manage and implement the fire safety procedures to minimize the fire risks. At NIST, we provide extensive fire safety auditing and consulting services to various public and private organizations to streamline the organizational activities and ensure accident free records. Our multi-disciplinary team with cross-domain expertise monitors your company’s existing plans & procedures, recommend appropriate fire safety systems and provide emergency evacuation plans and other effective firefighting strategies in order to comply with legislation and meet the company’s statute in health and safety.

Fire Accident in Chennai Bakery


As we all know, every action has its own opposite reaction .It is applicable for all the actions what we do along with the amount of energy involved. Fire is the energy form which is inevitable in our very life. Always, we are enjoying the positive patterns of fire energy in all possible forms, to say, right from cooking food in house to launching rockets into space. At the same time, we have to be careful enough to not to redirect this energy in opposite way. It is being clearly proved by the recent incidents that the mishandling of the energy of fire will lead to devastations to the human lives and properties.

What happened

When we look back into history, in the year AD1666, a major fire storm happened in the London known as ‘Great fire of London’ that engulfed one third of the city through severe fire flames due to unquenched fire in the oven of a bakery. Similarly, a fire accident happened in a bakery in kodungaiyur located in Chennai on last Saturday, 15th July, at late-night hours with minimum effect. A fire ball broken out from the bakery  made the attention of everyone in the city as the memories of recent major fire accident happened in a  textile shop in Chennai  weren’t  faded away from everyone’s mind till now.

The officials in the fire rescue department were informed about the incident through a phone call immediately. Two fire tenders with fire men hurried to the spot in quick response. The bakery is located in the ground floor of the building and shutter of the shop was closed during the initial fire break out .When the fire men were trying to open the shutter, a gas cylinder exploded with tall fire flames at that instance. In this incident, a fireman lost his life and three fire men in the rescue team were seriously injured. Moreover, around 40 people present on the spot were attacked with small injuries.

Hats off to fire rescue Team

Fire safety team put their life at risk in order to save the lives of people in and around the spot and doused the blaze immediately. It is our duty to honor the bravery and commitment of a fire man who sacrificed his life in the battle. We have to admire the fire rescue team for their efforts to reduce the casualties.

Negligence in Safety

Now a days fire accidents are not a once in blue moon incident. It is happening frequently in all ranges from small scale to large scale. At many times, negligence is the main factor for fire accidents and for the consequences thereafter. Few weeks ago, an oil tanker exploded in Pakistan that resulted in large number of casualties. Negligence is the only reason for the severity of that incident. As far as this case is concerned, fire team made repeated warnings to the onlookers that it is unsafe to not be close to the spot. But the onlookers hadn’t listened and engaged in taking snapshots. When the fire-ball happened due to unexpected explosion of gas cyclinder, they were affected severely by the blaze. This is the reason for extra number of injured persons in this accident.

Lessons to be learnt

  • All the people must learn how to respond in fire accident situations which happens in their premises or nearby places.
  • The owners of the small firms must take the responsibility of safety of their premises, for example, having good ventilation systems and emergency exits.
  • Electrical wire connections have to be tested regularly to avoid short-circuits.
  • Apart from outside, fire safety awareness must begin from house itself, i.e. electrical connection and gas connection should be carefully maintained.
  • Though it is the duty of authorities to audit the safety conditions in every firm whether it is a small scale or large scale company, it is impossible to ensure the safety of the people in all nuke and corners of the city or nation. People must take the responsibility of their own life and their premises.
  • Health & Safety awareness must be the part of the education system at the school level so that everybody would have the possibility of understanding the importance of safety in every aspect.