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Major blaze in IICT laboratory

11 January 2011

HYDERABAD: A major blaze swept through a laboratory in the prestigious Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) gutting stocks of stored solvents and laboratory re-agents, on Monday evening. There was no loss of life.

The chemical blaze, reported to the fire control at 4.53 p.m., rendered almost half of the Discovery Laboratory useless. Authorities did not hazard a guess on the cause of fire and extent of damage saying they were yet to receive details from IICT officials.

Four fire control vehicles, including a dry chemical power tender and a multi-purpose tender, dashed from different parts of the city to the IICT, located near Habsiguda on eastern side of Hyderabad abutting Osmania University. More than a dozen firemen battled the blaze for over an hour to control it.

The IICT has not released any information on the extent of loss or on the impact of the fire on the ongoing research work. The entire lab area had been cordoned off and media barred from entering the premises.

The two-storeyed Discovery Laboratory is a new structure and houses several lab wings in which research goes on round the clock. The fire broke out in the right side section of the laboratory. Insiders said highly combustible solvents like Hexane, Ethanol, Methanol, Ethyl Acetate, Di-Choloro Methane were stored in the labs…..

Read more: http://www.hindu.com/2011/01/11/stories/2011011157960100.htm

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Written by csirindia

January 11, 2011 at 6:20 am

Posted in IICT

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