A fire broke in godown number nine of the Sutlej Textiles and Industries, a unit of Birla group of Industries in Kathua district on Wednesday, police said on Thursday.

Six fire tenders were pressed into action, including one fire tender from the Army. Kathua SP Mohan Lal led the operation.

Fire tenders from Samba and Hiranagar were called and Army fire tender also reached the spot to control the raging fire from spreading to nearby residential areas, they said.

Nearly 15,000 workers are employed here and all are safe as the fire broke out in one of the compartment of the Industry and other compartment are so far out of danger, they said adding that the fire was controlled.

The godown is situated on Jammu-Pathankote National Highway in Kathua Industrial area.

Property worth Rs 30 Lakh was damaged in the fire, they added.

In another incident, fire broke out in biggest timber depot "Bachan Depot" in Narwal belt of Jammu last night and spread to entire area due to high speed winds.

As many as 23 fire tenders were pressed into service and it was controlled by mid night, police said adding that timbre logs worth lakh of rupees were gutted in the fire.

Another fire broke out along the LoC forest belts Pargwal of Jammu district, Choki Chora of Rajouri district and Balakote, Balnoi of Poonch district last night.

Army jawans, men and machines of fire and emergency service department and locals have been pressed to douse the major forest fires in these areas, they said adding that there is no loss of life in the incidents.

Seven fire incidents were reported on Thursday. There have been 25 to 30 such incidents on daily basis over the past one week.


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