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Fire rages on at Amritsar paper mill

Posted on Jun 13, 11:26AM | IBNS

Amritsar, June 12 : Firefighters continued efforts at taming the flames that broke out on Tuesday in the Khanna Paper Mills in Punjab, located on the Armitsar bypass.

The inferno has devastated much of the 100-acre facility, said to be India's largest paper mill, as over 50 fire tenders continued efforts to tackle the flames.

The army was also called in to help with the firefighting efforts, however, no casualties have been reported so far.

The fire started in the afternoon from the waste stock yard of the factory where 60 to 70 thousand tonnes of paper were stored, media reports said.

Strong winds fanned the flames and by the evening the fire had spread in the rare side that houses residential properties.

Authorities are mulling the evacuation the nearby area and said it could take up to two days to completely douse the fire.

Damages from the flames could be to the tune of Rs 250 crore even as the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, media reports said.