At the very least 25 fishing boats turned to ashes after an enormous hearth at a harbour in Vishakhapatnam late final evening. An Indian Navy vessel needed to be introduced in to convey the hearth beneath management as a number of hearth engines struggled to douse the flames.
Every of the boats value almost 15 lakh, placing the estimated loss within the incident in Rs 4-5 crores vary.
Vishakhapatnam police commissioner Ravi Shankar mentioned the hearth began on a fishing boat late at evening. “The boat was minimize off and despatched adrift to make sure the hearth didn’t unfold to the others. However the winds and water move introduced it again to the jetty. Quickly, the opposite boats have been burning too,” he mentioned.
The senior police officer mentioned diesel containers and gasoline cylinders on the boats added gas to the hearth and your entire jetty space was up in flames.
Fishermen suspect some criminals set the boats on hearth. There may be additionally suspicion that the hearth was triggered by a celebration in one of many boats.
Stunning visuals from the harbour confirmed firefighters attempting to douse the flames as fishermen stared helplessly on the hearth destroying their technique of livelihood.
Blasts in a few of the boats, apparently brought on by the hearth reaching gas tanks, led to panic within the space.
Senior police officer Ananda Reddy mentioned the hearth broke out round 11:30 pm. “Cylinders on boats are inflicting blasts, so we’re asking individuals to remain away. Fireplace engines are working to manage the hearth,” he mentioned. “The reason for the hearth is but to be confirmed. No casualties have been reported. A case has been filed and investigation is underway,” he added.
Police Commissioner Ravi Shankar has mentioned a multidisciplinary probe shall be carried out to unravel the incident.
The fishing harbour belongs to the Vizag Port Belief. So the probe will contain port, fisheries and police authorities.