A major fire broke out at the scrapyard located at Sucaldem, Chinchinim, thereby damaging a service station and partially damaging an adjacent house.
The fire department is yet to assess the loss, but the owner is claiming the loss to be around Rs 2.25 crore.
The fire broke out around 3 pm, and spread quickly through the scrapyard, thereby damaging a service station and partially damaging an adjacent house.
A car was also partially damaged in the fire.
Four fire tenders, including the one from Curchorem, had to be pressed into service to being the fire under control.
The fire caused panic in the village. Fire department officials informed that the scarpyard has no permission from the department.
Proprietor Benny D’Costa informed that the fire broke out at around 3 pm, however, the fire department took 45 minutes to respond, and as a result the fire spread out.
D’Costa said that he has “an order from the Deputy Collector to shift the scarpyard to an industrial estate, and despite applying twice for land allocation at Cuncolim industrial estate and paying a deposit of Rs 80,000 and Rs 1.6 lakh,” he was not allotted a plot.
Speaking to reporters, the station in- charge Herculean Gill Souza said that the exact cause of the fire is not known while the damage caused by the fire will be assessed in the days to come.
Commenting on the ‘delay in responding,’ he said that the Margao fire service received the information about the fire from Panaji, and the department responded as quickly as possible, and added that a fire tender from Curchorem was also summoned to bring the fire under control.
Local MLA Filipe Neri Rodrigues visited the site.