Kizhakambalam: A massive fire broke at the Brahmapuram waste treatment plant sending shock waves to residents on Tuesday.
The local people were panic stricken as huge heaps of garbage, including plastic, dumped near to the plant caught fire at 3 pm filling the areas surrounding the facility with toxic smoke. Ten units of fire tenders from Thrikkakara, Eloor, Pattimattom, Tripunithura and Gandhinagar toiled hard for close to four hours to douse the inferno.
Residents said that a small fire was found at the middle of vast expanse of garbage and strong winds fanned the flames to other areas. More fire tenders were pressed into service as the fire started to spread alarmingly to other areas.
The situation became grave as the fire engines could not go near to the burning junk. The fire engines were stationed near to the main entrance of the treatment plant and water was pumped 300 meters away with the help of hoses to douse the fire.
The cause of the fire is unknown. A small spark would trigger a huge fire as the garbage, including plastic waste, is lying under the hot sun.
Meanwhile, the residents alleged that some miscreants had set the waste mounds on fire. Ernakulam district collector Mohammed Safirulla and deputy collector T Sheeladevi visited the spot.