Pune: A massive fire broke out in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)'s garbage collection and processing plant at Ramtekdi industrial area on Saturday night. No casualties were reported and the cause of the blaze is yet to be ascertained. As many as 11 fire tenders and water tankers rushed to the scene and started dousing the fire after the local residents alerted the central fire brigade control room around 8:15 PM.
"A major fire broke out at the plant and our firemen have started operation to put out the blaze", PMC chief fire officer, Prashant Ranpise told the media.
According to PMC additional municipal commissioner Kunal Khemnar, 50-tonne garbage plant at Ramtekdi is functional and PMC officials had rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation on the basis of which, an inquiry into the incident will be conducted.
PMC corporator Yogesh Sasane said, "The civic body has appointed a private contractor for disposing garbage at the plant. The fire broke out inside the plant when it was closed." Another corporator, Ashok Kamble, said, "I don't know why the plant is prone to fire incidents, but we will check CCTV cameras to find the probable cause of the blaze ."